Douglas made African themes into his artwork to create a connection between Africans and African Americans.
His work is portrayed as abstract, in his artwork he described the universality( quality of being shared by all people or things in the world or in a particular group) of the African-American people through song, dance, imagery and poetry.
His female figures are usually drawn in a crouched position or moving as if they are dancing in a traditional African way. He often gave them a narrow range of color, tone and value, most often using greens, browns, mauves, and blacks, with his human forms in darker shades of the present colors of the painting.
His artwork is two-dimensional, and his human figures are faceless. Letting them create, symbols and general, to create a sense of unity between Africans and African Americans.