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The Seat of Black Power

The Black Panthers turn 50.

Emory Douglans, H. Rap Brown (Man with Match), 1967.


Economic inequality. Police brutality. A deep-seated mistrust of the state apparatus. If the central issues surrounding the founding of the Black Panther Party 50 years ago feel relevant today, well, that’s sort of the point. Beginning October 8, the Oakland Museum of California will present All Power to the People: Black Panthers at 50, a multidisciplinary exhibit exploring the roots, history, and legacy of the group (Oct. 8–Feb. 12, 2017). “The Black Panthers echo many things that are happening today,” says museum senior curator of art and director of exhibition strategy René de Guzman. “We’ve got an election coming up: We’ll see where we are in October and November.”

Originally published in the September issue of
San Francisco 

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