$98,000 Awarded To UC Berkeley To Preserve The Legacy Of The Black Panther Party

Earlier this September The United States National Park Service made the pledge to award The Black Panther Party Research, Interpretation, & Memory Project. It is roughly a two-year project which started recently this year on August 30, 2017 and will last through September 30, 2019 at The University of California, Berkeley California. Through preserving and identifying monumental sites around Oakland California and San Francisco Bay Area, showcasing and documenting the history of The Black Panther Party, and the impact it had on expressive forms of art, living, and styles throughout the 1960 – 80’s, they aim to clear up misconceptions places on the Black Panther Party as well as unite populations to “understand their collective past and inspire a better future.”

Despite the contrary belief, The Black Panther Party, fully named The Black Panther Party for Self – Defense, founded in 1966 in Oakland, California by Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale, was not a terrorist organization. They helped their communities from a for us, by us stand point through various forms of outreach programs like the free breakfast program and also acted as the voice of  awareness and a hedge of protection for their neighborhoods from police brutality.

They gave black America a voice, hope, and the courage to take matters into their own hands and out of the hands of white exploitation, and this is exactly what The Black Panther Party Research, Interpretation, & Memory Project will showcase. The project will be held by UC Berkeley’s new Depart of African American Studies chair, Dr. Ula Y. Taylor, as well as J. Tarika Lewis , the first female in Oakland to join The Black Panther Party, and Paul Lee, a consultant on Spike Lee’s Malcom X and Eyes on the Prize II.

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The Revolution has always been in the hands of the young. The young always inherit the revolution”  

– Huey P. Newton 

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Rachel is a 21 year old Management Major at Prairie View A&M University and aspires to one day own her own event planning company. Rachel has a passion for community involvement and uses blogging as an outlet to voice her opinions and inform the public about topics pertaining to religion, relationships, health, beauty, fitness, music, and other "trending topics" from an open and relatable perspective. She just recently started her own website called "Don't Forget The A", a blog and a brand that encourages individuality, confidence and healthy living as well as focusing on the importance of living to make a difference through giving back and leaving a legacy. She plans to earn her Masters in Public Administration to help her advance her career in community engagement and event planning.

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