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Revolutionary Student

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    United States (made)

  • Date:

    1970 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Douglas, Emory (illustrator)
    Black Panther Party (publishers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Offset lithograph

  • Credit Line:

    Gift of the American Friends of the V&A; Gift to the American Friends by Leslie, Judith and Gabri Schreyer and Alice Schreyer Batko

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    On short term loan out for exhibition

The Black Panther Party was a militant civil rights group. Its initial purpose was the patrolling of black ghettos to protect residents from police brutality. The carrying of guns was integral to this policy of self-defence and symbolic of it. The Party also urged the black community to be self-reliant and advocated the teaching of Black History. Emory Douglas (the Panther's Minister for Culture) fuses these principles in this poster. The revolutionary student wears non-American dress and carries a Black Studies book along with the trademark firearm.

Physical description

Illustration of a woman carrying a baby, armed with a gun over her shoulder and an armed man, gun in hand, carrying a Black Studies textbook.

Place of Origin

United States (made)


1970 (made)


Douglas, Emory (illustrator)
Black Panther Party (publishers)

Materials and Techniques

Offset lithograph

Marks and inscriptions

Revolutionary Student


Height: 58.4 cm, Width: 44.4 cm

Descriptive line

Emory Douglas, Poster produced by the Black Panther Party, USA, 1970

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

'Prop Art: over 1000 contemporary political posters' by Gary Yanker. New York City: Darien House. 1972. page 186


Offset lithography

Subjects depicted

Gun; Racism; Book; Propaganda; Student


Prints; Propaganda; Black History; Posters


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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