In 1966, as the largely nonviolent Civil Rights movement swept through America, Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale founded the legendary Black Panther Party in Oakland, California. Revered by some and vilified by others, the party burst onto the scene with a militant vision for social change and the empowerment of African-Americans. Its methods were so controversial and polariIn 1966, as the largely nonviolent Civil Rights movement swept through America, Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale founded the legendary Black Panther Party in Oakland, California. Revered by some and vilified by others, the party burst onto the scene with a militant vision for social change and the empowerment of African-Americans. Its methods were so controversial and polarizing that in 1968, FBI head J. Edgar Hoover described the organization as the country's greatest threat to internal security. During the height of the movement, from 1967 to 1973, photographer Stephen Shames had unprecedented access to the organization. He captured not only its public face--street demonstrations, protests and militant armed posturing--but also life behind the scenes, from private Party meetings to Bobby Seale at work on his Oakland mayoral campaign. Shames was prolific and his archive of Panther images is the largest in the world, presenting an uncommonly nuanced portrait of this dynamic social movement. Released on the occasion of the Party's fortieth anniversary, this illuminating publication gathers an astonishing collection of never-before-published images, offering an electrifying visual history. Panther newspapers, posters and other ephemera help convey the ethos of the Panthers and of a transformative period of social upheaval for the whole nation....
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The Black Panthers Reviews
In a few words this photography book gives an indepth look into the daily life of the Black Panthers. I am a reader who needs to be eased into intense historical accounts, this book has motivated me to read more first person accounts of that time period. Much of the mainstream history of the Black Panthers focusing on their philosophy of self-defense against oppressive authoritative forces (e.g. police & military), and neglects their work to uplift their communities. There is an attempt to make leadership in the Black Panthers into an equal opportunity thing. I disagree with this idea because there are many accounts of how women were relegated to the sidelines. And just because one or two women managed to make it to the forefront of the organization doesn't make the organization or movement truly invested in equal participation. That was a bit of a side rant. I still was inspired by the organization and the goals that they wanted to achieve. My only real criticism of the book is it's structure. The book starts with an intro and foreword, then the bulk of the photographs followed by an index of captions/descriptions of the images. I personally prefer to have explanations with the photos. Otherwise this was a great book to read and be inspired by.
A striking visual chronicle of the organization, though after reading Jamal Joseph's Panther Baby, I was hoping for more East Coast representation. Moving nevertheless!