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Panel Discussion: New book release, "Comrade Sisters: Women of the Black Panther Party"

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Many of us have heard these three words: Black Panther Party.

Some know the Party's history as a movement for the social, political, economic, and spiritual upliftment of Black and indigenous people of color – but to this day, few know the story of the backbone of the Party: the women... While these remarkable women of all ages and diverse backgrounds were regularly making headlines agitating, protesting, and organizing, these same women were building communities and enacting social justice... Comrade Sisters is their story.

Please join Stanford Libraries as we host what is sure to be an exciting discussion featuring co-authors Stephen Shames and Ericka Huggins of the newly released book, Comrade Sisters: Women of the Black Panther Party. Mr. Shames and Ms. Huggins will be joined by two other former Black Panther Party members, M. Gayle Asali Dickson and Rosita Thomas for the discussion.

The panel discussion will begin at 4:30 pm following the JEDI (Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion) Fair, (2–4 pm).

The event will be in person and also livestreamed. Please register if you are planning to attend in person. Click here to view the livestream

Book sales and signing will follow.

Ericka Huggins is an activist, former political prisoner, and leader in the Black Panther Party. She has devoted her life to the equitable treatment of all human beings, beyond the boundaries of race, age, culture, class, gender, sexual orientation, ability, and status associated with citizenship. For the past 40 years, she has lectured across the country and internationally. She spent 14 years in the Black Panther Party, and eight years as Director of the renowned Oakland Community School (1973-1981).

Stephen Shames has authored 15 monographs, and his images are in the permanent collections of 40 museums and foundations. His work is dedicated to promoting social change and sharing the stories of those who are frequently overlooked by society. His two previous Panther books are Power to the People: The World of the Black Panthers by Stephen Shames and Bobby Seale (Abrams,2016) and The Black Panthers (Aperture, 2006).

M. Gayle Asali Dickson is an ordained minister and served as Pastor of the South Berkeley Congregational Church (SBCC), United Church of Christ, in Berkeley, CA from 1998 - 2006. Prior to serving as pastor of SBCC, Gayle Asali was a graphic artist for the Black Panther Party (BPP) Newspaper and drew for its back pages under the name Asali. Read more.

In the early 1970s, at age 20, Rosita Holland Thomas joined the Seattle Chapter of the Black Panther Party to work with the organization's community Survival Programs. She played a central role administratively and organizationally in establishing the Free Medical Clinic while also working side by side with fellow Party and  community members to implement the free breakfast for schoolchildren... Read more.

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