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Alameda City Hall To Screen Film On Origins Of The Black Panthers

alameda city hall to screen black panther film

Original six members of the Black Panther Party (November, 1966) Top left to right: Elbert “Big Man” Howard; Huey P. Newton (Defense Minister), Sherman Forte, Bobby Seale (Chairman). Bottom: Reggie Forte and Little Bobby Hutton (Treasurer). (Wikipedia, Brian Baggins)

The City of Alameda, in partnership with the Peralta Colleges, will screen at city hall next Saturday, a Peralta TV film on the origin of the Black Panther Party.

The Panthers were founded at Merritt College in Oakland in October, 1966; U.S. Congresswoman Barbara Lee from Oakland narrates the film.

The documentary, which was shown at the United Nations as part of the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery, features rare interviews with Black Panther Party founder Bobby Seale, as well as members David Hilliard, Ericka Huggins, Elbert ‘Big Man’ Howard, Emory Douglas and Richard Aoki.

“Merritt College: Home of the Black Panthers” will screen Saturday, October 14th, from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in council chambers at Alameda City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Avenue.

The screening is free and open to the public.

Speakers include U.S. Congresswoman Barbara Lee, the film’s director Jeffrey Heyman, and Alameda Mayor Trish Herrera Spencer.

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