Black Panther Party's Minister of Culture speaks with Rage during the Black Panther Party's 50th anniversary. Mr. Douglas was born in Grand Rapid Michigan, and raised in the Bay Area. When incarcerated as a youth at Youth Training School, he was able to work in the prison print shop. He furthered his study in art at SF State, taking commercial art. By 1967, Emory Douglas joined the Black Panther Party as Minister of Culture, and became pivotal in Black Panther Community News Service, and paper the Black Panther.