Co-founder the Black Panther Party Bobby Seale returned to Richmond for two Black History Month events.
During its heyday (1980 – 1993), the United Negro College Fund’s Lou Rawls Parade of Stars was the largest African American special event in the United States held on one day. It forever changed African American philanthropy and how African Americans are perceived as donors, volunteers and fundraising leaders.
A new exhibit at the Richmond Museum of History offers a glimpse of the party’s role in the city. The exhibit, “Richmond and the Legacy of the Black Panther Party,” features dozens of photographs and newspaper clippings. Museum visitors will learn about The Black Panther newspaper, which featured an investigation into Dowell’s killing in its first edition. The exhibit coincides with the 50th anniversary of the founding for the Black Panther Party.
Interview, Steve Early
Bill Jennings, a Black Panther Party (BPP) activist in Richmond 45 years ago spoke to reporter Steve Early about the Panthers’ local origins and a new feature-length documentary called “The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution.” The film opens in Oakland, Berkeley, San Francisco, and San Rafael on Oct. 2.