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Zapantera Negra: An Artistic Encounter Between Black Panthers and Zapatistas (New & Updated Edition)

by Marc James Léger Editor and David Tomas Editor

In this fascinating book, Emory Douglas of the Black Panthers travels to Chiapas, Mexico and meets the autonomous Indigenous and Zapatista communities there, resulting in an empowering and potent fusion of revolutionary ideology and artistic fervor. A story told through interviews, artwork, and original documents, Zapantera Negra takes a vital look at the kinds of aesthetics and emancipatory politics that emerged from out of this meeting. Both the Black Panthers and the Zapatistas were deeply committed to anti-imperialist, anti-racist, and anti-capitalist struggle. Through their artwork, they offered the world a vision of dignified revolutionary struggle against injustice, and demonstrated the power of aesthetics in political life. A must-read for any scholar of revolutionary history or art history.