David Ensminger is a Humanities, Folklore and English Instructor at Lee College in Baytown, Texas. He has written about music, art, and contemporary issues and is author of Visual Vitriol: The Street Art and Subcultures of the Punk and Hardcore Generations, among other books. His new book Protest and Survive: The Politics of American Punk is due out soon from Rowman & Littlefield.

Black Light Panthers: The Politics of Fluorescence

Pandora Productions, Mr. Experience (1967), screenprint, 24 x 36 inches. Image courtesy the Houston Freeburg Poster Collection.

Between 1967 and 1969 Faith Ringgold painted a number of vibrant geometric portraits she dubbed the “Black Light Series.” Searching for a visual language to express the adamant spirit “black is beautiful,” she eliminated white from her palette and adopted non-European motifs. Read More