From Harlem To Hanoi: Recovering Black Radical Anti-Imperialism During The Era Of Global ‘68.

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Robyn Spencer

From Harlem To Hanoi: Recovering Black Radical Anti-Imperialism During The Era Of Global ‘68.

Tuesday, July 2, 2019 - 19:00

This evening's lecturer will trace the Black Panther Party's organizational evolution in Oakland, California, where hundreds of young people came to political awareness and journeyed to adulthood as members. Challenging the belief that the Panthers were a projection of the leadership, Robyn Spencer draws on interviews with rank-and-file members, FBI files, and archival materials to examine the impact the organization's internal politics and external repression had on its evolution and dissolution. She shows how the Panthers' members interpreted, implemented, and influenced party ideology and programs; initiated dialogues about gender politics; highlighted ambiguities in the Panthers' armed stance; and criticized organizational priorities. Spencer also centers gender politics and the experiences of women and their contributions to the Panthers and the Black Power movement as a whole. Providing an overview of the party's organization over its sixteen-year history, tonight's speaker will show how the Black Panthers embodied Black Power through the party's international activism, interracial alliances, commitment to address state violence and desire to foster self-determination in Oakland's black communities.

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Tuesday, October 22, 2019 - 18:45
Archaeology Lecture Theatre, entrance via the Institute of Archaeology, 31-34 Gordon Sq., London WC1H 0BW. Tube: Euston Square. map

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