Book Talk: Black Against Empire- History & Politics of the Black Panther Party
Waldo E. Martin- Author of Black Against Empire: History and Politics of the Black Panther Party , Professor at University of California, Berkeley
Ericka Huggins- CSU, East Bay
Tony Platt- San Jose State University
About the Book
In Oakland, California, in 1966, community college students Bobby Seale and Huey Newton armed themselves, began patrolling the police, and promised to prevent police brutality. Unlike the Civil Rights Movement that called for full citizenship rights for blacks within the U.S., the Black Panther Party rejected the legitimacy of the U.S. government and positioned itself as part of a global struggle against American imperialism. In the face of intense repression, the Party flourished, becoming the center of a revolutionary movement.
Black Against Empire is the first comprehensive overview and analysis of the history and politics of the Black Panther Party. Informed by 12 years of meticulous archival research, as well as familiarity with most of the former Party leadership and many rank-and-file members, this book is the definitive history of one of the greatest challenges ever posed to American state power.