Dr. Robyn C. Spencer Author Discussion


May 22, 2018 – 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM

504 N. Market Street
Wilmington, DE 19801 Map

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Dr. Robyn C. Spencer, Associate Professor, Department of History at Lehman College, City University of New York, will speak on her book, The Revolution Has Come: Black Power, Gender, and the Black Panther Party in Oakland (Duke University Press, 2016).

The presentation will be followed by a book signing.

The story of the Black Panther Party (BPP) reveals the complexity of everyday life in working-class African American communities. Focusing on the role of black women in the Party provides an even deeper exploration of the development of community-based and public policy solutions to the problems of under-resourced schools and the impact of mass incarceration on black family life. Spencer argues that “solutions the Panthers sought, such as community control of the police, freedom for political prisoners, and an end to poverty and war, remain central in many struggles for justice today. Although this book centers on Oakland…the BPP’s commitment to making linkages with revolutionaries in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and the Caribbean made it one of the most effective ambassadors for Black Power.” In the 1970s, the BPP as an organization was revitalized under the leadership of women, and across the country experimented with truly collective structures for providing health care, child care, and education to their members and the larger black community. This period has been the least-studied aspect of their history, but the Party’s engagement with urban renewal, alternative education, and community control reflects a continuation of the quest for Black Power.
This program is part of the Wilmington 1968 programming schedule.

Co-sponsored by
Delaware Humanities Forum

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FREE parking available at 6th and Shipley Street courtesy of Colonial Parking.

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