Images of the Black Panther Party, 50 Years Later

cover image for Power to the People"

The Black Panther party burst upon our consciousness when Bobby Seale and other Panthers marched upon the California State Capitol in Sacramento—armed with guns. This approach electrified a generation of black youth. But the Panthers did not encourage hatred; they sought to build a community through service to the people, providing free food and clothing. They gave purpose to the aimless, angry youth who loitered on street corners. The Panthers molded these young people into disciplined, hard workers who served their community and showed respect for mothers, fathers, and elders.

Bobby Seale and Stephen Shames have co-authored a new Panther book: Power to the People:  the World of the Black Panthers  to be published by Abrams in October, 2016. The photos capture the work, the sorrow, the hope, the fear and the many collective joys that limn the experience of those involved with propelling the Black Panther Party into the international spotlight.

Join us in discussion with Bobby Seale and Stephen Shames about the evolution and eventual publication of their work. There will be a book sale and signing after the program. 



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