"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