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The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution

Directed by Stanley Nelson. US. 2015. NR. 75 minutes. ITVS. blu ray. FREE!.
Sat., February 13, 2016
February 13, 2016
11:00 am

A new revolutionary culture emerged in the turbulent 1960s, and the Black Panther Party was at the vanguard. Weaving together a treasure trove of rare footage with the voices of a diverse group of people who were there, Stanley Nelson tells the vibrant story of a pivotal movement that feels timely all over again in The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution.

“Its easy enough, in hindsight, to romanticize the charisma of the Panthers and their leaders, or to criticize them for focusing on self-presentation and imagery rather than on more substantive issues. But what is clear 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)

Stay for a short panel discussion immediately after the screening with:

271_onaciEdward Onaci
Assistant Professor of History at Ursinus College
Edward’s courses focus on African American & Africana Studies, modern U.S. history, women’s global political struggles, and more. Onaci’s pedagogy incorporates interdisciplinary scholarship and an activist orientation to teaching and learning. He encourages students to take ownership over their personal and group studies, produce their own knowledge, and apply what they learn to their current lives and future ambitions. Also known as Brotha Onaci, a DJ and music producer, he is the co-founder of the People’s DJs Collective and Sonic Diaspora.


Charles Rice
Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Religion, and Chaplain at Ursinus College





Alice Le7747_leppertppert, Moderator
Assistant Professor of Media and Communication Studies at Ursinus College
Alice Lepperts research focuses on U.S. film and television history, with special attention to the ways media history intersects with politics of gender and race. She teaches a variety of film and media studies courses at Ursinus, including Hollywood Stardom and Celebrity Culture, African American Film, Hitchcock, Teen Film, and Sex, Gender, and the 1980s.



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