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Strikethrough: Typography Messages of Protest for Civil Rights




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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.

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  • Colette Gaiter

    After working as an art director in New York City, Colette Gaiter became an educator, artist, and writer. Her visual work, exhibited internationally, ranges from digital prints and artist books to websites and interactive installations. Since 2005, she...
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