Friday, 20 March 2009

Liberation, Imagination, and the Black Panther Party: A New Look at the Panthers and their Legacy

by Kathleen Cleaver and George N. Katsiaficas, editors

The Newton trial made the spear poster chic. Huey developed tremendous support on the full spectrum of the white left, from liberal to pro-Albanian Communist, and he rose to become a controversial folk hero in Black America. Eldridge was the prime mover of the White-Black alliance. He made friends with everybody but retained a Yippie soft spot for Jerry Rubin, Abbie Hoffman, Phil Ochs, and me.


Unbelievably, Eldridge, Jerry, Huey, and Abbie and Anita Hoffman and Phil Ochs are now dead. But in the deepest part of my soul great memories live on about a time when we, Black and White, fulfilled each other's best dreams by joining in an outlaw's alliance dedicated to completely remaking and repairing the world.

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