Resurgence of Black Panther Party

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>For Immediate Release
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>October 6, 1998
>Symposium on The Black Panther Party Marks Publication of New Book and
>the Formal Dedication of the Panther Archives at Howard University's
>Moorland Spingarn Research Center.
>Friday, October 16, 1998
>10:00 A.M. - "An Overview and Retrospective Appreciation"
>2:00 P.M. - "Gender and Gender Issues in the Black Panther Party"
> School of Business Auditorium, Howard University
> With the turbulence of the 1960s as its birth mother, the Black Panther
>Party developed into one of America's most storied and controversial
>political groups. Were they heroic Black revolutionaries or
>self-destructive, heavily armed street thugs? More than 30 years later
>their significance in America's urban revolutionary politics still
>remains a topic of spirited debate.
> On October 16, 1998, the debate transforms into a symposium on the
>Howard University campus where the significance of the Panther
>experience will be discussed. The symposium, presented by The Moorland
>Spingarn Research Center at Howard University and Black Classic Press,
>publisher of The Black Panther Party Reconsidered, brings together
>former Panthers and scholars.
> Kathleen Cleaver, an early leader of the Panthers and a former member
>of the Central Committee, will discuss gender issues within the Party on
>a panel that includes Dr. Acklyn Lynch and former Panther Lynn French.
> Dr. Charles E. Jones, editor of The Black Panther Party Reconsidered,
>will present an overview and retrospective of the Party. Dr. Ronald
>Walters, Audrea Dunham and Dr. Donn Davis join him in the discussion.
> To complete the new volume on the Black Panther Party, Dr. Jones and
>his contributors, with great difficulty, researched scattered and
>fragmented organizational records, newspapers, documents from the
>government's counterintelligence programs (COINTELPRO) and other
>government publications. They also interviewed numerous former Panthers.
> Surveying Panther history will now be easier. The Moorland-Spingarn
>Research Center has been designated as the archives for the manuscripts
>and papers of the Black Panther Party by former Panthers. A formal
>announcement of the archives will be made at the symposium.
> The Research Center is one of the oldest repositories of works about
>people of African descent. With a collection of hundreds of thousands
>of books, manuscripts and printed materials, it ranks as one of the
>largest repositories of its kind in the world. Within its collections
>are the papers of notable figures such as Paul Robeson, Amiri Baraka,
>Kwame Nkrumah and former Congressman Charles Diggs.
> The symposium will be held on Friday, October 16, 1998, beginning at
>10:00 a.m. in the School of Business Auditorium, Howard University. A
>booksigning and reception will follow at 5:00 p.m. in the Blackburn