Black Power Afterlives: The Enduring Significance of the Black Panther Party

Haymarket. Oct. 2020. 368p. ed. by ed. by Diane Fujino & Matef Harmachis. ISBN 9781642591262. pap. $26.95. SOC SCI
We remember the names of our leaders who became the faces of our movements. We remember the names of Huey Newton, Bobby Seale, Eldridge Cleaver, Bobby Hutton and Fred Hampton as part of the Black Panther Party. But they alone were not the movement. In Black Power Afterlives, editors Fujino and Marcachis extend the historiography of the movement to include more portraits of its fighters and provide a longer and broader perspective on the Black Panthers’ fight for civil rights. The book is split into seven sections which focus on different aspects of Panther history. Essays cover Pan-Africanism, Black queer feminism, spirituality, art, prison reform, and the legacy of the movement among students. The book also includes an introduction which helps reframe the movement away from the late 1960s through the later part of the 20th century and connects it with several of the organizations that have been active throughout the twenty-first. Photographs of prominent Black Panther leaders are included throughout.
VERDICT Readers interested in Black Lives Matter and the current state of civil rights in America will find resonance in these essays, which help to broaden the Black Panther Party’s legacy both geographically and temporally.
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