Emory Douglas, BPP Minister of Propaganda
Happy Birthday Emory Douglas
“Conceptually, Douglas’s images served two purposes: first, illustrating conditions that made revolution seem necessary; and second, constructing a visual mythology of power for people who felt powerless and victimized. Most popular media represents middle to upper class people as “normal.” Douglas was the Norman Rockwell of the ghetto, concentrating on the poor and oppressed. Departing from the WPA/social realist style of portraying poor people, which can be perceived as voyeuristic and patronizing, Douglas’s energetic drawings showed respect and aection. He maintained poor people’s dignity while graphically illustrating harsh situations.”
There are three individuals that have highly influenced me to become the designer for the people that I am today, and that I will be in the future. Emory Douglas is one of them. Happy birthday Emory!