The Black Power movement had a radical impact on grassroots organizing in poor communities of color and many white progressive circles. Grounded in the Black Panther Party’s core was its leadership in the international revolutionary proletariat struggle, a deep affinity for forming coalitions and alliances that transcended race and class, and a commitment to community service programs (survival pending revolution) as a fundamental element of human rights.
These groups demonstrated by way of their bold confrontational methods the egregious contradictions of American democracy and a shared vision of a society that valued humanity over wealth. Such facts are highlighted by the various conventions and conferences organized during the Black Power movement, including the 1967 National Conference on Black Power in Newark, New Jersey; The United Front Against Fascism Conference that took place in 1969 in Oakland; The Revolutionary People’s Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia in 1970 and the National Black Political Convention of 1972 in Gary, Indiana.
-Jakobi Williams, Indiana University Bloomington
Arts in the City: The Young Lords
One of the most talked about exhibitions this season is a multi-site retrospective on The Young Lords, a Puerto Rican revolutionary group in New York City. The Young Lords came out of the civil rights era and made a huge impact on the city. Tinabeth Piña profiles this group and the exhibition made possible by The Bronx Museum of the Arts, El Museo del Barrio, and The Loisaida, Inc. Center. Johanna Fernández, PhD, curator of the Bronx Museum exhibit and two former Young Lords, Miguel “Mickey” Melendez and Denise Oliver-Velez are interviewed. The story premiered on CUNY TV’s Arts in the City on November 13, 2015