Friday, January 23

The Black Panthers Revisited


"When we think of the civil rights struggles of the 1960s, certain events tend to come to mind: the March on Washington, for example, or perhaps the Freedom Rides or sit-ins. Others, however, have faded from our collective memory. One of those is the story of the Black Panther Party, the subject of this Op-Doc video. Founded in 1966 in Oakland, Calif., to combat police violence, the Black Panther Party and its story are a key part of our nation’s still-complicated racial narrative. ... Of course, the police violence and misconduct that inspired the founding of the Black Panther Party 50 years ago have not gone away. In just the last six months, the deaths of Michael Brown, John Crawford III, Eric Garner and Tamir Rice – and the lack of indictment of police officers for any of their deaths — have shaken black communities to the core."
NY Times: The Opinion Pages Op-Docs with the Sundance Institute (Video)
The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution
The Black Panther Party Revisited

2011 December: Black Panther Party, 2014 July: Black Panthers (Agnès Varda, 1968 doc.).

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