CultureStrike artist Julio Salgado speaks with groundbreaking artivist and movement elder Emory Douglas:
Last year, I was invited by CultureStrike to be part of an artist delegation to Arizona. When I discovered that the Black Panthers’ former minister of culture Emory Douglas was also going to be part of the delegation, I just knew I had to go. Empowered by the work of many undocumented activists in Arizona and across the country, I knew that I had nothing to fear by going to the birthplace of SB 1070.
I was introduced to the work of Mr. Douglas by fellow DREAMer artist Ray Hernandez and Favianna Rodriguez. His work depicted the struggle of the Black Power Movement and presented African Americans in a dignified way. Movement artists that have come after Mr. Douglas have cited him as one of their biggest influences. I know he has definitely influenced me personally.
I recently visited his studio in San Francisco to talk about his involvement with the immigrant portfolio. Don’t mind me if I sound a bit nervous. I am a huge fan!