"Understanding the Black Panther Party: A 50th Anniversary Retrospective" will be discussed by author and civil rights scholar Curtis Austin at 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, in the Arkansas Union Theatre.
Austin, an associate professor in the Ohio State University
Department of African American and African Studies, will present and discuss
the history and legacy of the Black Panther movement.
Members of the party were known for their distinctive attire of black leather coats and berets. They also carried guns.
Austin's 2006 book, Up
Against the Wall: Violence in the Making and Unmaking of the Black Panther
Party, followed the story of the civil rights organization, founded in 1966
in Oakland, California. While often remembered for violence, the controversial party
started a number of social programs to benefit the community, including free
breakfast programs for schoolchildren and free health clinics.
Austin's book, named a Choice Outstanding Academic Title, is
available in paperback. It was reviewed in the Journal of American History and is used in university courses.
The retrospective is free and open to the public. It is sponsored
by the University of Arkansas Student Affairs Center for Multicultural and Diversity
Education and University of Arkansas Press.
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