Synopses & Reviews
"We knew from the beginning how critical it was to have our own publication, to set forth our agenda for freedom...to urge change, to use the pen alongside the sword," writes David Hilliard in the preface to this stunning collection of pages from the original groundbreaking editions of the Black Panther Party's official news organ and original essays by Hilliard, Elaine Brown, Dr. Stan Oden, Craig Laurence Rice, Kumasi, and Joshua Bloom. andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt; First called The Black Panther Community News Service and then andlt;iandgt;The Black Panther Intercommunal News Serviceandlt;/iandgt; (BPINS), the weekly periodical was nationally and internationally distributed. It was "sold in small stores in black communities, through subscriptions, and, mostly, on the streets by dedicated Party members," writes Brown, a party leader and author of A Taste of Power, in this edition. andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt; In its heyday, the Party sold several hundred thousand copies of the newspaper per week and was highly regarded for the quality of its content by media professionals and its legion of readers alike. It ultimately became the most influential independent black newspaper in the United States, known not only for its fearless reportage and analysis but its stunning photographs and illustrations, including provocative and humorous political cartoons. andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt; Published in time to mark the 40th anniversary of the BPINS, this book is, at once, an invaluable document of a little-known aspect of American history and a celebration of one of the most stunning accomplishments of a cultural and political movement that changed the nation. The original DVD, included in the back of the book, makes this a multimedia package that readers across generations can appreciate, documenting events and leaders of the past who still resonate and influence culture and politics today.
This is the first book of its kind on the Black Panther Intercommunal News Service featuring the iconography and text. Archives at Stanford University is the official depository of the Black Panther papers and other documents of the Panther movement. This Black Panther archive is the source of the material for this book.
About the Author
andlt;bandgt;David Hilliardandlt;/bandgt; was a founding member and former chief of staff of the Black Panther Party. Since 1993, he has directed the activities of the Dr. Huey P. Newton Foundation, a grassroots community-based nonprofit organization committed to preserving and fostering Newtonand#213;s intellectual legacy and the original vision of the Black Panther Party. He is the author of numerous books, including andlt;Iandgt;This Side of Gloryandlt;/iandgt; and andlt;Iandgt;Huey, Spirit of the Pantherandlt;/iandgt;. Hilliardand#213;s work has been featured in the andlt;Iandgt;New York Timesandlt;/iandgt;, the andlt;Iandgt;Washington Postandlt;/iandgt;, the andlt;Iandgt;Chicago Tribuneandlt;/iandgt;, and the andlt;Iandgt;Los Angeles Timesandlt;/iandgt;, as well as on National Public Radio, Pacifica Radio, Fox News, CNN, and C-Span.