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RISD LEADS - Mobilizing your Abilities: A Leader’s Potential to Inspire Activism and Create Change

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Friday, Jan 20, 2017
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM EST
RISD AuditoriumMap Location

Featuring: Emory Douglas, Former Minister of Culture for the Black Panther Party (Biography)

Emory Douglas used his skills as an artist to create work that represented the black experience and struggle during the middle of the 20th Century. He employed his skills as an activist so that he could use this work as inspiration to others and a motivator for action. Emory was able to encapsulate his artist/activist identity through his personal leadership skill sets and philosophy. He was able to blend these two pieces of his identity together so that they could articulate a need for rebellion and change over passivism and hopelessness. As a leader, he created a platform that empowered him and others to work toward real change that would transcend multiple aspects of society. In this special RISD LEADS session, participants will hear from Emory Douglas about his lifetime of experiences, challenges, and motivations. From the lens of leadership, attendees will develop a better understanding of how personal skill sets can be used to challenge the status quo, rouse others around a cause, share experiences, and ultimately inspire action.

Fulfills - Art + Design, Inclusion/Diversity, Cultural


While RISD LEADS is offered as a certificate program, Sessions are open to anyone who is interested. You do not have to fully enroll in the LEADS program to attend sessions. Formal entry can be done at any time and credit is given for past attendance. 

Whether you are interested in formally enrolling in the RISD LEADS program or want to sample specific sessions, this semester's series will provide you with wonderful opportunities and enrichment.