The 55th anniversary of the Black Panther Party celebrated in Oakland throughout the month of October


On Thursday, October 21, the New Parkway Theater will host a film festival centered around the Black Panther Party. Among other films and clips, the program includes a newly recorded speech by Pete O’Neal, the former exiled president of the Kansas City chapter of the Black Panther Party.

Charlotte Hill O’Neal outside the Alameda County Courthouse. (It’s time to archive)

On Friday, October 22, It’s All Good Bakery in North Oakland, located on the site of the Black Panther Party’s first office, will install a plaque to commemorate historic places. Replacing an earlier sign, the new plaque will have a virtual reality component allowing viewers to immerse themselves more deeply into the history of the Black Panther Party.

On Saturday, October 23, Black Panther Party alumni and community members will gather at Bobby Hutton Park (also known as DeFremery Park) for the centerpiece of the month celebration. The day’s events will begin with Charlotte Hill O’Neal, leader of the Black Panthers and co-founder of the United African Alliance Tanzania Community Center, who will chair a healing circle where the names of ancestors and the stories of fallen comrades. in combat will be recognized.

The healing circle will be followed by a series of speakers, including former Black Panther Party school principal Ericka Huggins and radio host and author Rickey Vincent. Across from the park at the West Oakland Library, a traveling exhibit will feature archival photos from the Black Panther Party.


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