The weekly, tabloid-size newspaper was published between 1967 and 1980 and featured provocative words and images protesting discrimination.
"The newspaper was probably the main vehicle for delivering ideas and information about the Black Panther party throughout the country."
Exhibit curator Bill Jennings says Black Panther leader Huey Newton wanted the paper to have vivid illustrations communicating ideas to an audience that included many illiterate people. Most of those images were created by artist Emory Douglas.
"It was very important because like Huey used to say 'a picture’s worth a thousand words' so out of that artwork, Emory would draw images that you didn’t necessarily have to be able to read to understand art."
Douglas used photographs, illustrations and collage in his artwork. He'll be at the opening reception on Saturday, August 6th at 6 PM. The exhibit runs through October 1st at KINKS International at 15th and G Streets in Downtown Sacramento.