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June 2020 Photo of the Month – In January 2017 I photographed scenes of All Power to the People, an exhibit at the Oakland Museum of California that opened in October of 2016 – the 50th anniversary of the Black Panther Party for Self Defense. This photo is from a 2018 photo essay that I intend to re-release sometime in July 2020.

The Black Panther Party’s Ten Point Program that continues to inform and inspire contemporary movements of change today.  Photo: Orin Langelle/GJEP

“The Ten Point Platform of ‘What We Want, What We Believe’…simply states what black people have been crying out for, for more than four hundred years. ‘We want freedom. We want power to determine the destiny of our black community. We believe that black people will not be free until we are able to determine our destiny.’” – Bobby Seale
While at the exhibit with Karen Pickett and Anne Petermann, Anne bought me a copy of the book below signed by Bobby Seale. The book documents the history of the movement that is as relevant today as it was in the past.

The back jacket of Power to the People  The World of the Black Panthers by Stephan Shames and Bobby Seale reads:

“…Looking at the photographs today [from Seale’s book Power to the People  The World of the Black Panthers], I am reminded of recent Black Lives Matter protests calling for recognition of black humanity. It shows how young black men and women sought to give voice to injustices and celebrate their beauty, style, and rights.” – Deborah Willis, New York University

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