The Black Panthers

One Book Watch Party: Black Panthers,Vanguard of the Revolution

Sunday, September 6, 2020 (All day)
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A documentary by Stanley Nelson — an essential history and a vibrant chronicle of this pivotal movement that birthed a new revolutionary culture
In the turbulent 1960s, change was coming to America and the fault lines could no longer be ignored -- cities were burning, Vietnam was exploding, and disputes raged over equality and civil rights. A new revolutionary culture was emerging and it sought to drastically transform the system. The Black Panther Party for Self-Defense would, for a short time, put itself at the vanguard of that change. The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution is the first feature-length documentary to explore the Black Panther Party, its significance to the broader American culture, its cultural and political awakening for black people, and the painful lessons wrought when a movement derails. Master documentarian Stanley Nelson goes straight to the source, weaving a treasure trove of rare archival footage with the diverse group of voices of the people who were there: police, FBI informants, journalists, white supporters and detractors, and Black Panthers who remained loyal to the party and those who left it.
 
Watch the film at the link. You'll need to log on to Kanopy to watch for free with your library card.
Run time: 1 hour 54 min.
 
Want to dive deeper? Check out these learning lessons for grades 6-12 to accompany a viewing of the film.
 
"EXCELLENT. What is clear from from this sober yet electrifying film is that the power of the Panthers was rooted in their insistence - radical then, radical still - that black lives matter."
A.O. Scott, The New York Times

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