Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution


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Wednesday, February 10 at 6:00

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Join YWCA Tulsa and Circle Cinema for a special advance screening and discussion of The Black Panthers: Vanguard Of The Revolution before it airs on TV. This thought-provoking film sheds light on one of the most influential social movements in U.S. history, and our panelists will reflect on the lessons for today.

This event is free and open to the public. Seating is first-come, first-served. Capacity is 121 guests. The film debuts on TV February 16 onIndependent Lens | PBS.

Lawrence Ware, professor, OSU
Isaac Sanders, student leader, University of Tulsa
Mia Wright, poet and educator
Moderator: Mana Tahaie, YWCA Tulsa

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.

Featuring Kathleen Cleaver, Jamal Joseph, Ericka Huggins, and dozens of others, as well as archival footage of the late Huey P. Newton and Eldridge Cleaver, “The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution” tells the story of a pivotal movement that gave rise to a new revolutionary culture in America. Their causes, with slogans like “power to the people” and “creating a better world” are relevant again in an era that has seen the rise of the “Black Lives Matter” movement and tense relations between African American communities and the police. The Black Panthers’ condemnations of injustice, oppression and brutality in the late ’60s and early ’70s reverberate again in one city after another.


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