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The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution
February 21 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
THE BLACK PANTHERS: VANGUARD OF THE REVOLUTION is the first feature length documentary to explore the Black Panther Party, its significance to the broader American culture, its cultural and political awakening for black people, and the painful lessons wrought when a movement derails. Master documentarian Stanley Nelson goes straight to the source, weaving a treasure trove of rare archival footage with the voices of the people who were there: police, FBI informants, journalists, white supporters and detractors, and Black Panthers who remained loyal to the party and those who left it. Featuring Kathleen Cleaver, Jamal Joseph, and many others, THE BLACK PANTHERS: VANGUARD OF THE REVOLUTION is an essential history and a vibrant chronicle of this pivotal movement that birthed a new revolutionary culture in America.
Discussion led by: Dr. Wilfred Samuels, Associate Professor of English & Ethnic Studies – University of Utah
Wilfred D. Samuels received his B.A. degree in English and Black Studies from the University of California at Riverside; and he received his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in American Studies and African American Studies from the University of Iowa. Dr. Samuels is currently an associate professor of English and Ethnic Studies at the University of Utah, and the former director of its African American Studies Program and Coordinator of the Ethnic Studies Program. Dr. Samuels is a well published scholar who has written on the 18th century slave narrative of Olaudah Equiano and on several twentieth century African American writers, including Claude McKay, James Baldwin, Toni Morrison, and John Edgar Wideman. His Encyclopedia of African American Literature (New York: Facts on File, 2007) was published this summer. A former Ford Foundation Post Doctoral Fellow, Dr. Samuels is the recipient of several awards including the University of Utah’s Distinguished Teaching Award and the College of Humanity’s Ramona Cannon Award for Teaching Excellence.