Saturday, 3 December 2016
Much of the reverence - and controversy - around the Black Panther Party centers on its early male leaders, Huey P. Newton, Bobby Seale, and Eldridge Cleaver when the Party launched in Oakland, California, in 1966. But behind the scenes, thousands of Black Panther volunteers ran social programs that fed poor children breakfast, gave away bags of groceries to hungry families, transported sick and disabled people, provided free health care, offered legal aid and drug counseling, and more.
The hard work of women was the lifeblood of these so-called survival programs. One woman doing such work was Judy Juanita - a playwright, novelist and poet. Collectors Weekly spoke with Juanita about the hard volunteer work that went into making a newspaper and the social programs.