MLK Series Keynote Lecture: Emory Douglas
Friday, January 20 at 6:30pm to 9:00pm
RISD Auditorium 17 Canal Walk, Providence RI
2017 MLK Honoree: Emory Douglas
ABOUT THE VISIT TO RISD
The Rhode Island School of Design community is pleased to welcome Emory Douglas for two days of campus engagement including a panel discussion, art critiques, and the 2017 MLK keynote lecture. We salute Emory Douglas for his audacious vision and enduring impact that have served as models for justice movements the world over.
ABOUT THE KEYNOTE LECTURE
The MLK Keynote serves as the centerpiece of the MLK Series. The lecture honors the vast contributions of Dr. King toward creating a more just and democratic society and acknowledges an individual whose legacy of service and commitment to justice has made an indelible difference. The lecture will be from 7pm - 9pm, with doors opening at 6:30pm.
ABOUT EMORY DOUGLAS
An Artist, Educator, and Human Rights Activist, Emory Douglas is legendary for his use of art as a vehicle of education, empowerment, and resistance. Serving as Minister of Culture for the Black Panther Party between 1967-1980, Douglas is most noted for his political drawings and cartoons in The Black Panther newspaper. His provocative style visually articulated the injustices experienced by African Americans living in the inner-city, the growing militancy and organization among urban black youth to resist police violence, and the need for community based social programs. Douglas’ use of rich colors, dark bold edging, and photos of everyday black people to make collages, created an authentic style that expressed the ideological platform of the Black Panthers and the heightened community consciousness of Black Power as a political concept. Douglas’ artistic and community impacts are vast, including his 21-year tenure as the layout artist and graphic designer for the San Francisco-based Sun Reporter Publishing Company. In 2007, a collection of his work was compiled in the edited book, Black Panther: The Revolutionary Art of Emory Douglas.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION + TICKET INFORMATION
Tickets are free and available to the general public. Reserve now at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/emory-douglas-2017-mlk-honoree-tickets-29994801258. For up-to-date information on the keynote lecture and related events please visit risd.edu/MLK.
ABOUT THE SERIES
Throughout the year, the RISD community hosts the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Series (MLK Series) including programs, events, and workshops that provide RISD and the local community with impactful moments of service, reflection, self-development, inspiration, and celebration.
ABOUT THE SPONSORS
Keenly aware of the inherent power of alliance building in the advancement of justice, the 2016-17 MLK Series is a collaborative production between the student organization—Student Affairs, Center for Student Involvement, Intercultural Student Engagement, Residence Life, Dining + Auxiliary Services, RISD Community Service, Global Initiative, The Office of the Provost, and The MLK Series Planning Committee.
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