POWER TO THE PEOPLE: The World of the Black Panthers: An Exhibit of Photographs by Stephen Shames
This fall marks the 50th anniversary of the Black Panther Party's founding. The Black Panther Party was one of the most creative and influential responses to racism and economic inequality in American history. The group would become emblematic of the Black Power movement that helped shape the tumultuous years of the late 1960s and early 1970s. The Panthers electrified a generation of black youth. They remain cult heroes today, nearly 50 years after their founding.
Shames, a student at the University of California, Berkeley, first encountered and photographed Panther Chairman Bobby Seale in April 1967 at an antiVietnam War rally. Seale became a mentor to Shames, and Shames, in turn, became the most trusted photographer to the party, remaining by Seale's side through his campaign for mayor of Oakland in 1973. The immediacy and intimacy of Shames photographs offer an uncommonly nuanced portrait of this dynamic social movement, during one of the most tumultuous periods in recent U.S. history.
The exhibit--which is located in the corridors of North Gate Hall--will run from August 29, 2016 until January 5, 2017.
(No event on these dates: September 5; November 11, 2016)