Black Panther Party History: A Conversation with Saturu Ned

photo of former Black Panther, Saturu Ned

In honor of Black History Month, join us for a deep listening session with Saturu Ned - Educator, Community Architect, and a former member of the original Black Panther Party. 

How can the Panthers' revolutionary message inform the organizers and activists of today? 

Saturu Ned (then known as James Mott) joined the Black Panther Party in 1968 while attending Sacramento City College.  He was a member of the Black Panther Party singing group called the “Lumpen” and was a teacher at the award winning Oakland Community School and Learning Center that was started and run by Black Panther Party Members. Today he continues the ideology and practice of Real Power to The People through his work to reestablish the connection of the proven process and application of creating self-sufficiency, self-determination and economic freedom for our families, friends and our communities. 

Commons Archive is a neighborhood memory bank organized by cultural researcher Sue Mark at  the Golden Gate Branch Library.  Initiated in 2016 in response to profound demographic shifts impacting this community, Commons Archive includes materials, special programs and installations throughout the library. Commons Archive honors neighbors’ multiple roles as participants, narrators and creators of the many histories of this dynamically changing area.

This project was made possible with support from California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. visit
This project was made possible in part by a grant from The Creative Work Fund, a program of the Walter and Elise Haas Fund that also is supported by The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.


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