Celebrate People's History: Malcolm X

Artwork
Identifier:
2020.23.1
Artist:
Josh MacPhee
Credit:
GVSU Collection
Medium:
2 Color Offset Printed Poster
Date:
2018
Dimensions:
Artworks - Height: 17" Width: 11"
Description:
An image of Malcolm X on the right side of the image with a red background. At the bottom of the image are the names of the artists. Both texts overlap X's face. At the top of the image is the quote in white text. Text reads: "Armed with the knowledge of our past we can charter a course for our future. Only by knowing where we've been can we know where we are and look to where we want to go."
Historical Context:
The Celebrate People’s History posters are rooted in the do-it-yourself tradition of mass-produced political propaganda. These posters embody democracy, inclusion, and group participation in the writing and interpretation of the past. Unlike most political posters, the posters part of the Celebrate People’s History series tell the stories of the underdogs, those individuals and groups helping to move forward the collective struggle of humanity to create a more just world. For 20 years, over 130 different posters have been displayed on the streets of over a dozen cities representing over 150 artists and writers. The Celebrate People’s History Poster Series has been organized and curated by Josh MacPhee since 1998.