"Wearing your art on your sleeve" by Maya Alexis

A history of underground Black publishing, from W.E.B. Du Bois to #BlackLivesMatter

BY IAN BOURLAND

  Emory Douglas,   The Black Panther Party Newspaper  , 1969, Vol II, No. 25. Courtesy: Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library at Emory University

Emory Douglas, The Black Panther Party Newspaper, 1969, Vol II, No. 25. Courtesy: Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library at Emory University

  Ellen Gallagher,   Abu Simbel  , 2005, photogravure, watercolour, coloured pencil, varnish, pomade, plasticine, blue fur, gold leaf, and crystals, 6.1 x 8.9 m. Courtesy: Gagosian Gallery; photograph: © 2016 Ellen Gallagher

Ellen Gallagher, Abu Simbel, 2005, photogravure, watercolour, coloured pencil, varnish, pomade, plasticine, blue fur, gold leaf, and crystals, 6.1 x 8.9 m. Courtesy: Gagosian Gallery; photograph: © 2016 Ellen Gallagher

  Don Arneson and Tony Tallarico,   Lobo #1  , 1965, paper comic book, published by Dell Comics. Courtesy: William H. Foster

Don Arneson and Tony Tallarico, Lobo #1, 1965, paper comic book, published by Dell Comics. Courtesy: William H. Foster