Making Contact:Resistance and Resilience: The Cultural Legacy of the Black Panther Party 
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Making Contact  Resistance and Resilience: The Cultural Legacy of the Black Panther Party   
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Fifty years ago, the United States was in a period of tremendous social upheaval and cultural change. The Civil Rights Movement led by Dr. Martin Luther King had resulted in new federal legislation outlawing discriminatory laws, but police brutality and economic inequality rampant in black communities.
In Oakland, California, Bobby Seale and Huey Newton knew that Lyndon B. Johnsons War on Poverty and Kings path of nonviolent resistance werent enough to bring about the changes black people in America needed.
Spurred by the assassination of Malcolm X, they began calling themselves Black Panthers. They combined Black Powers militancy with socialist ideology, and infused funk music with Franz Fanons writings. Armed with rifles and shotguns, they monitored police activity in black neighborhoods. Through their weekly newspaper and funk band, they captured peoples imaginations. They created survival programs for the black community " community schools, free breakfast for children, healthcare clinics, political education classes, a newspaper, even an ambulance service.
The Panthers grew quickly into a national organization. By 1970, they had chapters in 68 cities, each with their own leadership structure. But shootouts with rival organizations and the police, the incarceration of Panther leadership, internal strife, and infiltration by FBI informants took its toll. In 1972, the Panthers shut down their national chapters and consolidated their organization in their home base of Oakland. They shifted their focus to electoral politics, but that wasnt enough to slow their gradual decline; by 1980, there were just 27 active Panther members. Yet their impact on American culture, from music to style to community organizing, continues to resonate today.
Fifty years after the birth of Black Panther Party, we take a look at the lasting cultural legacy of the Black Panther Party through the eyes of the generations that followed.


Cat Brooks, artist and organizer with the Anti Police-Terror Project; Ren de Guzman, curator of All Power to the People: Black Panthers at Fifty at the Oakland Museum of California; Sadie Barnette, Panther cub and artist; Refa Senay, Panther cub and artist; Hodari Davis, co-director Young Gifted and Black, organizer Life is Living, Keba Konte, founder and owner of Red Bay Coffee, Kaleb Houston, Director of Coffee for Red Bay Coffee
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Program #49-16
Begin Date 12/07/16. End date 06/06/17.

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Host: Eric ArnoldProducers: Marie Choi, Anita Johnson, Monica Lopez, R.J. LozadaExecutive Director: Lisa RudmanWeb Editor: Sabine Blaizin 
Politics and Activism | Society and Culture | History | Human Rights | Communism | Ethnicity | Racism  
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