Celebrate People's History: Young Lords Organization

Ricardo Levins Morales
GVSU Collection
2 Color Offset Printed Poster
January 2017
Artworks - Height: 17" Width: 11"
This is a brown, black, and white poster of a man working in a yard with a shovel. There is an emblem above him with a circle, the title and a state outline and a gun in it. There is another person on the bottom left. There is text at the bottom that reads: “The Young Lords Organization was born in 1968 when a Puerto Rican Chicago street gang turned to political action and community service. Influenced by the Black Panther Party, they confronted developers, police and city hall. “They established pre-school breakfast programs, community health services and defended housing rights. Along with the Panthers and the Appalachian Young Patriots they formed the “Rainbow Coalition” to fight for the common interests of their communities. They inspired the formation of similar groups in other cities.”
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.