Black History is American History despite the Government’s intrinsic need to whitewash the truth.
While the mainstream media characterized the Black Panther Party as a militant threat and violent gang (which are the same fear-mongering tactics we saw used this past year on the Black Lives Matter movement), in reality the Party’s platform, better known as the 10-Point Program, embodied its core values and goals for empowerment and self defense.
Judas and the Black Messiah (Warner Bros) provides compelling insight into what the Party truly represented through one of its most prominent leaders, Chairman Fred Hampton: equality and political empowerment of all oppressed folks through over 60 community survival programs which included free legal/medical aid and education.
Ultimately, the Party was systematically dismantled and discredited by the Federal Government.
The Dr. Huey P. Newton Foundation and Black Panther Party Alumni along with Bay Area Unite (Oakland A’s, Golden State Warriors, San Francisco 49ers, San Jose Earthquakes, San Francisco Giants and Oakland Roots) engaged PLUS ONE society to deliver an experience that celebrated both Dr. Huey P. Newton and the Black Panther Party.
The partnership produced an amazing virtual event streamed via Facebook LIVE for Black History Month and featured activists, artists and athletes like Common, D Smoke, Jemele Hill, Marshawn Lynch, Fredrika Newton, Erika Huggins, Chairman Fred Hampton Jr., Ryan Coogler, Charles D. King and more — including inspired performances by Oakland native artist, Goapele and Syncopated Ladies!
As agents working at the intersection of Sports & Entertainment and social justice, we were honored to contribute to the Dr. Huey P. Newton Foundation and Bay Area Unite through this unique and powerful coalition.
As Chairman Fred Hampton said, “you can murder a revolutionary, but you can’t murder a revolution.”
We are the revolution.