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Typography Messages of Protest for Civil Rights


COLETTE GAITER

In the 1960s and 1970s of this country, everyday activists took to the streets with placards in their raised arms with urgent messages made visible in typographic form.

This selection of protest graphics will focus on a Black experience. However, the Civil Rights movement represented and inspired diverse protest movements with wide-ranging socio-economic, racial, geographic, and class hierarchy origins. From Emory Douglas’ prolific body of Black Panther publications, countless graphics from the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, the iconic “I AM A MAN” poster, many known and unknown makers used graphic design to advocate for Black equality.




RESOURCES


  BOOKS  

  ARTICLES  

  • Art for People′s Sake: Artists and Community in Black Chicago, 1965-1975

  • This Just In: Emory Douglas & The Black Panther
BIPOC DESIGN HISTORY
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