Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Blog #4

A picture is worth more than a thousand words, especially when it correlates to such a powerful movement like the Black Panther Party. In the past week or so, I've been brainstorming and searching for ideas as to what I want to base my research paper on, and I've decided to analyze a specific artwork done by Emory Douglas. Emory Douglas was a minister and graphic designer for the Black Panther Party. Known for his poignant artistry, Emory Douglas, used and manipulated art to capture the hearts and minds of African-Americans that struggled against discrimination and brutality. One the greatest images of his collection that stood out the most was the illustration of John Carlos and Tommie Smith at the 1968 Summer Olympics. Both men were representing the United States in track and field, and each respectively won Gold and Bronze medals. During their acceptance, John and Tommie proceeded to raise their fists in black gloves while the Star Spangled Banner played, to showcase black power and unity. The depiction is everlasting in my opinion because demonstrates bravery and fortitude.

1 comment:

  1. This is a great topic. Think about sources that will help you tell the story of how Douglas came to take that image and how it became so well known. If you look ahead in our packet, Dave Zirin's article from A People's History of Sports will be a great place to start with the story behind the protest itself.