black power

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.

Explaining the demise of the Black Panther Party: The role of internal factors

An anti-authoritarian analysis of the Black Panthers' demise by Ollie A. Johnson III.

"No one ever asks what a man's role in the revolution is": Gender and sexual politics in the Black Panther Party 1966-1971

An article by Trace Matthews on the gender politics of the Black Panthers in the context of competing ideologies, namely Black cultural nationalism and White feminism.

Lumpenization: A critical error of The Black Panther Party

An essay by Chris Booker arguing that the Black Panther's fetishisation of the lumpen class and their failure to try to reform the more criminal/ anti-social elements, as the Nation of Islam did, contributed to the party's demise.

Brixton Black Panthers Movement

An uncritical look at the Brixton Black Panther Movement which, though short lived, worked to combat racial oppression, police brutality, discrimination at the place of work and the mis-education of black youths and black young people.