black power

Negroes with guns - Robert F. Williams

First published in 1962, Negroes with Guns is the story of a southern black community's struggle to arm itself in self-defense against the Ku Klux Klan and other racist groups.

“Ironies of the saint” Malcolm X, black women, and the price of protection - Farah Griffin

Farah Griffin's black feminist critique of Malcolm X and the "promise of protection".

Assata: An autobiography - Assata Shakur

PDF e-book of the autobiography of black revolutionary, Assata Shakur. We do not agree with all of her politics but reproduce this text for reference.

Why I joined the Party: An Africana womanist reflection

Regina Jennings' personal account on why she joined the Black Panther Party, her personal development and the sexism that she faced within the organisation.

TRIGGER WARNING: sexual harassment

The Black Panther: newspaper of the Black Panther Party

Twenty issues of the Black Panther Party newspaper from between 1968-1973. We have significant disagreements with the politics and practice of the BPP (some of which are explored here) and so reproduce these only for historical reference.

Back from hell: Black power and treason to whiteness inside prison walls

Prison cell

A personal account by Lorenzo Kom'boa Ervin of a cross-race alliance of prisoners against conditions at a federal penitentiary in Terre Haute, Indiana in the early 1970s.

Black militancy: notes from the underground

A brief history by Rashad Shabazz of the Black Liberation Army, a Marxist-Leninist urban guerrilla group with roots in the Black Panther Party.

The Panthers, the Black Liberation Army and the struggle to free all political prisoners and prisoners of war

A transcript of a talk given by Ashanti Alsto at the Law and Disorder conference, held in Portland, Oregon from April 14 – 16, 2010.

Black power: reading guide

Women at Free Huey Rally, Oakland, 1968.

Libcom.org's reading guide on the American black power movement of the 1960s-70s and its key groups as well as some readings on the civil rights movement.

Finally got the news

The League of Revolutionary Black Workers.

Documentary about the League of Revolutionary Black Workers, a radical black workers' group based in the car factories of Detroit. Through interviews with members, supporters and opponents as well as footage of leafleting and picket lines, the film documents their attempts to build a radical black workers' organisation to take on both management and the union and fight to improve conditions for all workers, black and white.