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The Black Panthers: Portraits from an Unfinished Revolution

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"Brilliant, painful, enlightening, tearful, tragic, sad, and funny, this photo-essay book is at its core about healing, and about the social justice work that still needs to be done in the era of hip-hop, Black Lives Matter, and the historic presidency of Barack Obama." — Kevin Powell, author of The Education of Kevin Powell: A Boy's Journey into Manhood

"A brilliantly conceived volume. Bryan Shih and Yohuru Williams demonstrate why the Panthers' story-its lessons and failures-even fifty years after its founding remains key to understanding national and international struggles for freedom and justice today." — Cheryl Finley, professor and director of visual studies, Cornell University

Even fifty years after it was founded, the Black Panther Party remains one of the most misunderstood political organizations of the twentieth century. But beyond the labels of "extremist" and "violent" that have marked the party, and beyond charismatic leaders like Huey Newton, Bobby Seale, and Eldridge Cleaver, were the ordinary men and women who made up the Panther rank and file.

In The Black Panthers, photojournalist Bryan Shih and historian Yohuru Williams offer a reappraisal of the party's history and legacy. Through stunning portraits and interviews with surviving Panthers, as well as illuminating essays by leading scholars, The Black Panthers reveals party members' grit and battle scars-and the undying love for the people that kept them going.

ISBN-13: 9781568585550

Media Type: Paperback

Publisher: PublicAffairs

Publication Date: 09-13-2016

Pages: 288

Product Dimensions: 6.70(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.80(d)

Bryan Shih is a photojournalist based in New York. A former contributor to the Financial Times and National Public Radio in Japan, he is a graduate of the University of California-Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism and a former Fulbright scholar. His work on the Panthers has garnered him one of the highest rankings among entries in the LensCulture 2015 Portrait Awards competition, and has led to his selection for the New York Times inaugural portfolio review. Yohuru Williams is Distinguished University Chair and Professor of History and founding director of the Racial Justice Initiative at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. He is the author and or editor of several books on the Black Panther party, including Rethinking the Black Freedom Movement (Routledge, 2015); Black Politics/White Power: Civil Rights Black Power and Black Panthers in New Haven (Blackwell, 2006), In Search of the Black Panther Party, New Perspectives on a Revolutionary Movement (Duke, 2006), and Liberated Territory: Toward a Local History of the Black Panther Party (Duke, 2008). He has appeared on ABC, CNN, MSNBC, Aljazeera America, BET, CSPAN, EBRU Today, Fox Business News, Fresh Outlook, Huff Post Live, and NPR, and is a regular contributor to The Progressive.

Table of Contents

Preface xi

Introduction: The Black Panthers and Black Power Peniel E. Joseph 1

Chapter 1 In Defense of Self-Defense: Pathways to the BPP 9

Claudia Chesson-Williams 10

Cyril "Bullwhip" Innis Jr 15

J. Yasmeen Sutton 18

Anatomy of a Setup No. 1, as told separately by Cyril "Bullwhip" Innis Jr. J. Yasmeen Sutton Claudia Chesson-Williams 21

Katherine Campbell 24

Mike Tagawa 28

William "BJ" Johnson 33

Nana Ohema Akua Anum Njinga Onyame Nyamekye (formerly Patti Byrd) 38

Madalynn "Carol" Rucker 41

To Live for the People: The Rank and File and the "Histories" of the Black Panther Party Yohuru Williams 46

Chapter 2 The People Are My Strength: Coalition Building in the BPP 57

Atno Smith 58

Charlotte "Mama C." O'Neal 61

Robert H. King 65

B. Kwaku Duren 68

Ronald "Elder" Freeman 72

The Black Panther Party and the Rise of Radical Ethnic Nationalism Jeffrey O. G. Ogbar 75

The Global Panthers Nico Slate 79

Chapter 3 A Sister's Place in the Revolution: Women in Leadership in the BPP 83

Ericka Huggins 84

Norma (Armour) Mtume 88

Phyllis Jackson 92

Elaine Brown 97

Revolution, Struggle, and Resilience: Women in the Black Panther Party Rhonda Y. Williams 102

Chapter 4 Block by Block, Do or-to-Door: Building Community Support by Serving the People 111

Billy X Jenuings 112

Steve Long 117

Esutosin Omowale Osunkoya 121

Margo Rose-Brunson 126

Patrice Sims 130

Emory Douglas 133

M. Gayle Dickson (aka Asali) 138

Christine Choy 142

Nelson Malloy 146

Richard Brown 151

Hazel Mack 156

Saturu Ned 160

Brother Sadiki Shep 164

Larry Little 168

The Black Panther Rank and File Jama Lazerow 173

On the Black Panther Party's Health Activism Alondra Nelson 176

Chapter 5 The Single Greatest Threat: The Covert War Against the BPP 179

Melvin Dickson 181

Anatomy of a Setup No. 2, as told by Melvin Dickson 183

Jamal Joseph 185

Steve McCutchen 189

Ajamu Strivers 193

Marion Brown 199

Clarence Peterson 203

Stephen Edwards 207

Brian Hunter 212

Malik Rahim 215

Abdullah Majid 219

Cisco Torres 222

Jalil Muntaqim 226

Herman A. Bell 229

Thomas McCreary 233

Conclusion 239

Editor's Note: Sojourn with the Panthers 243

Appendix 248

Credits 259

Notes 260

Index 264