Emory Douglas was born May 24, 1943 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He has been a resident of the Bay Area since 1951. Douglas attended City College of San Francisco where he majored in commercial art. He was politically involved as a member of the Black Panther Party in Oakland, California, from February 1967 until its discontinuance in the early 1980s. His art was featured in The Black Panther newspaper with full-page illustrations that reflected the rhetoric and ideals of the Black Panther Party. Douglasís art was also widely circulated and published around the world. His skills as a commercial artist were useful to the Black Panther Partyís development of its printed materials. Douglasís poster art was pasted on the exterior of many buildings, walls, windows, and telephone polls across the United States.