Empowering Youth; Creating Change: An Evening with Black Panther Party Co-Founder Bobby Seale Thursday, February 24, 2011, 6:30-7:45p.m., McLaren Complex. Annual Black Cultural Dinner immediately following, McLaren Complex (free and open to the public).
Carrying on the movement for radical black politics after the death of Malcolm X, Mr. Bobby Seale co-founded the controversial Black Panther Party for Self Defense in 1966. Spreading the message of “power to the people,” Seale and the Party encouraged African Americans to take an active stand against oppression and discrimination, and established several community programs including breakfasts for school children, preventative medical health care, and mass voter registration drives. The noted American Civil Rights Activist will engage in a question and answer conversation with Dr. Candice Harrison, USF professor of African American History. Topics for discussion will be a accompanied by a student-produced video and will include the development of radical black politics, the formation of the Black Panther Party's platform, the past and present political engagement of youth, the future of black political leadership, and interracial grassroots organizing campaigns. Immediately following the conversation, all are invited to attend the Annual Black Cultural Dinner in the McLaren Complex. Both events are free and open to the public. For more information and to RSVP for dinner, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.