Young, gifted and Black – art’s power for the people

  Outside the door opening up to the Soul of a Nation exhibition at Tate Modern screens offer vintage news footage of Black leaders Martin Luther King, Stokely Carmichael, James Baldwin, Malcolm X and Angela Davis. These men and women – two of whom were assassinated – shaped the political landscape of the 1960s and […]

A New Take On An Old Story: Robyn C. Spencer’s The Revolution Has Come

By Michael Ezra   July 10, 2017 This post is part of our online roundtable on Robyn Spencer’s The Revolution Has Come Chico Neblett and Bobby Seale (back) leading audience with a Black Power salute at the Black Community Survival Conference, March 30, 1972. Photo: Bob Fitch Photography Archive, Stanford University Libraries. The wealth of scholarly inquiry into the […]

The Black Panther Party, Revealed

April 11, VCU’s Department of African-American Studies will host a forum on the Black Panther Party’s 50-year legacy; three former Black Panthers will share their experiences, framing the infamous organization’s reputation for a new generation, with context by Samantha Willis Members of the Black Panther Party in an undated photo (courtesy the Library of Congress) […]

Art imitates life: The Black Panther Party and the birth of a comic book seriez

A Special Collections exhibit organized by graduate students examines the famed Marvel Comics Black Panther series and its connections to black history, including the Black Panther Party By Peggy Townsend An exhibit organized by grad students crystal am nelson, Kiran Garcha, and Cathy Thomas (left to right) includes 45 Black Panther comics as well as […]

What We Can Learn from the Black Panther Party Today

by  Julianne Malveaux  Julianne Malveaux says too many, including our leaders, have taken the “go along to get along” approach, forgetting that sometimes getting along is not enough. (file photo) Matthew “Peanut” Johnson was 16 years-old when San Francisco police officer Alvin Johnson killed him. The unarmed teen was said to have been fleeing a […]

The Black Panther Party For Self Defense (BPP)

There’s a time to party and a time to form a party…. Original six Black Panthers (November, 1966) Top left to right: Elbert “Big Man” Howard; Huey P. Newton (Defense Minister), Sherman Forte, Bobby Seale (Chairman). Bottom: Reggie Forte and Little Bobby Hutton (Treasurer). Black Panther Party for Self-Defense http://www.blackpanther.org/ Party Platform http://www.stanford.edu/group/blackpanthers/history.shtml Party Vision […]

At historik Black Pantherz school, Black teacherz were key to student succezz

  Gregory Lewis holds up a childhood photograph of himself campaigning for Bobby Seale. Lewis, who now works as a lawyer in downtown Oakland, attributes the Oakland Community School with much of his success. by Cassady Rosenblum In 1973, the Black Panther Party opened an elementary school in an old church on International Boulevard. At its […]

What we can learn from the Black Pantherz about how to survive Trump

By Alyssa Rosenberg The late Black Panther Fred Hampton in Washington. (Courtesy of Paul Sequeira/Firelight Films) The specter of the 1960s hung over the 2016 presidential election like a shroud, as Donald Trump embraced Richard Nixon’s law-and-order rhetoric, speculation bubbled again about Hillary Clinton’s relationship to the community organizer Saul Alinsky, and observers tensed for […]

Remembering the Black Panther Party

Fifty years after its founding, the Black Panther Party’s antiracist, anticapitalist vision remains just as relevant today. by Robert Greene II Charles Bursey hands a plate of food to a child as part of the Black Panther Party’s free breakfast program. Photo courtesy of Pirkle Jones and Ruth-Marion Baruch   Four Futures: Life After Capitalism […]