Black Panthers ’68

Film • May 1

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In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of 1968, we invite you to join a screening and conversation about the history and legacy of the Black Panther Party.

In 1966, Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale, two revolutionaries living in Oakland, CA, founded the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense, drafting a Ten-Point Program demanding freedom, as well as equal access to employment, housing, education, justice, and exemption from military service.  They monitored police activity and established educational, legal, health, and breakfast programs. Deemed a threat to National Security by the Federal Bureau of Investigations and subject to government surveillance and violence, the Party remains one of the most important antecedents to present-day activism — laying the foundation for contemporary organizing against police brutality and mass incarceration.  

A conversation with poet and scholar Nikky Finney accompanies the program.


The New-Ark

Directed by Amiri Baraka.

In 1968, Amiri Baraka, a leading voice in the Black Power and Arts movements, was commissioned by National Public Television to make a documentary about the Black Panther party in Newark, NJ. Focusing on community organizing, theater, and educational programs, the resulting film captures cross-generational organizing, the harnessing of creativity as a political tool, and allows Party members to speak for themselves about their political objectives.

1968. US. 25 min. NR

Black Panthers

Directed by Agnés Varda.

Set in Oakland during protests against the incarceration of Black Panther Party co-founder Huey P. Newton. Beginning with text declaring “Black is honest and beautiful,” and a vibrant political rally in which children dance and singers promise to tell the truth of Black experience, Agnés Varda’s 1968 documentary is a visually stunning account of organized, asserted efforts towards revolution.

1968. US. 28 min. NR

Special thanks to our screening sponsor, Bakari Sellers.