The World of the Black Panthers
The Reva and David Logan Gallery of Documentary Photography invites you to:
An Exhibit of Photographs by Stephen Shames
Book Signing with Bobby Seale and Stephen Shames
6:00-7:00 p.m. Book Signing and Photography Exhibit (North Gate Hall)
7:00-8:30 p.m. Presentation (Sibley Auditorium)
This fall marks the 50th anniversary of the Black Panther Party's founding. The Black Panther Party was one of the most creative and influential responses to racism and economic inequality in American history. The group would become emblematic of the Black Power movement that helped shape the tumultuous years of the late 1960s and early 1970s. The Panthers electrified a generation of black youth. They remain cult heroes today, nearly 50 years after their founding.
Shames, a student at the University of California, Berkeley, first encountered and photographed Panther Chairman Bobby Seale in April 1967 at an anti–Vietnam War rally. Seale became a mentor to Shames, and Shames, in turn, became the most trusted photographer to the party, remaining by Seale's side through his campaign for mayor of Oakland in 1973. The immediacy and intimacy of Shames’ photographs offer an uncommonly nuanced portrait of this dynamic social movement, during one of the most tumultuous periods in recent U.S. history.
The exhibit--which is located in the corridors of North Gate Hall--will run from August 29, 2016 until January 5, 2017.