All Power To The People: Black Panther At 50

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From October 8, 2016 to February 12, 2017, the Oakland Museum Of Califonia will display an exhibit in celebration of the Black Panther Party For Self Defense 50th Anniversary. For most Oakland natives this exhibit and era will bring back memories of an era in Oakland History.

For me, it reminds me of a time when Black Power and Black Pride held a place within the Oakland community. Where people came together for the uplifting of Black people and other people of color. For me it was a time when social programs were being created to support families within the community. For me it will remind me of a time when my father who dressed in Black Panther gear and made sure that the weekly publication of The Black Panther newspaper was always on his “man” stand.

 

Source: The Black Panther Intercommunal News Service

I am proud to have grown up during this time in Oakland – the good, the bad, and the ugly. From receiving a oppressive hegemonic education within the Oakland Public School System, to the police brutality that plagued the Oakland streets, to the segregation, to the racism that continues today. I am glad that I had parents who introduced me to aspects of Black life that helped to shape and mold me to who I AM today!

“ALL POWER TO THE PEOPLE.”

Cynthia D. Cornelius, TCXPI

MuseumCa.org: Social movement, political party, cultural influencer, government target, and Oakland-born—there are many ways to feel about the Black Panther Party for Self Defense, founded in October 1966. As the Black Panther Party celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, visit the exhibition All Power to the People for a contemporary view on the legacy of this visionary group, told from multiple perspectives. Rare historical artifacts, first person accounts, and new contemporary art show how the Party continues to inspire culture, activism, and community empowerment on local, national, and international levels.

Gain insights from former Black Panthers, artists, scholars, and community members about the Party—and how it continues to impact our lives and give meaning to the places around us. Examine a sweeping array of artifacts from OMCA’s collection and former Party members, along with never before seen photographs highlighting the everyday experiences and moments within the Party’s history. Uncover little-known aspects of this innovative group’s past in sections focusing on unheralded members of the movement such as women and rank and file, the Panthers’ revolutionary social programs, and how secret government programs led to the Party’s demise and influenced how it is remembered today. Throughout, consider why the Panthers remain controversial to some and inspirational to many, and how their political agenda continues to resonate with the social justice efforts today.

Source: Oakland Museum Of California Exhibit

 

The Post News Group: Super Bold Panthers Fiftieth Anniversary of Super Bowl and the Black Panther Party

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By Kevin D Sawyer

San Quentin News Journalist

This week’s 50th Anniversary of the National Football League’s Super Bowl game pits the Carolina Panthers against the Denver Broncos. This year also marks the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Black Panther Party.

These two historical celebrations boast leading persons whose names are similar. Cam Newton is the leader and quarterback of the North Carolina Panthers. Huey Newton is the co-founder, along with Bobby Seale, of the Black Panther Party, which was founded in 1966 in Oakland, California.

Perhaps no one has taken notice of the symbolic meaning of these two events. Fifty years ago the Black Panther Party for Self Defense, led by Newton, was originally named and organized to “combat police violence in Negro neighborhoods.”

Meanwhile, today the same issues exist as we view the recent demonstrations and outrage over police killings and lawlessness.

As the world focuses on the 50th Super Bowl game, they will see the Carolina Panthers, led by Cam Newton, who is a prime candidate to be named as the league’s most valuable player for his offensive and bold skills, also boasts a strong defense.

How ironic. While Huey Newton is no longer with us, there is a symbolic reference to his bold legacy and the Black Panthers. It is the Carolina Panthers’ Black quarterback Cam Newton who bears some resemblance to Huey. He is also bold in his style of play.

For many, Black History has come full circle in the last 50 years, from the 1965 Watts riots to the 1992 uprising in Los Angeles after the verdict of the Rodney King police beating trial, to the Ferguson, Missouri police killing of Michael Brown.

Seemingly, from Newton to Newton, not much has changed.

Perhaps the 50th anniversary of the Super Bowl will not do anything to remedy any of the wrongs of the past and present, but while sitting in a prison cell at San Quentin State Prison, the image of Cam Newton coming to the Bay Area with his Carolina Panthers will give me more of a reason to reflect on the symbolism this game represents.

Editor’s note: Post Publisher Paul Cobb has visited the San Quentin Newspaper staff and he sponsors their membership in the Society of Professional Journalists. Many of their writings have appeared in the Post News Group’s publications. Cobb spoke with the inmates about Black History, the Civil Rights movement and how he had attended elementary school with Mr. Newton and attended Black History classes with Newton and Seale at the Afro-American Association.

Kevin Sawyer, born in 1963, began focusing on writing 19 years ago while awaiting trial in jail. Some of his writings have been published.

Prior to incarceration, he worked 14 years for several telecommunications corporations. He has a B.A. Degree in Mass Communications from Cal State Hayward. He also has a diploma as a paralegal assistant from Blackstone Career Institute. He is a certified electrician through the National Center for Construction Education and Research and an accomplished guitar and piano player.

Credit: The Post News Group

ALL POWER TO THE PEOPLE: The Black Panther Party Turns 50

 

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October 2016 marks the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Black Panther Party(for Self Defense). History will surely recognize the Party as having organized the single greatest effort by Blacks in the United States for freedom.

Now, former members of the Black Panther Party will come together in Oakland, California, home base of the Party,as the host Committee for the 50th Anniversary Commemoration of the founding of the Black Panther Party. We invite the whole world to Oakland on October 20,21,22,and 23,2016,to participate in reviewing the Party’s history and celebrating its significance toward answering the question Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.,raised so long ago “Where do we go from here”
e-mail:committee@bpp50th.com

TCXPI Afrocentric Young Scholars SSP

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Please spread the word!

On January 16, 2016, TCXPI Afrocentric Young Scholars Saturday School Program began its First Session,  at Impact Hub Oakland. Eleven young scholars from community schools have enrolled in engaging awareness of African history and its many contributions made by African descendants to World and Human Civilization.

Held on Saturdays, TCXPI SSP brings Afrocentric Education to the Bay Area community, education that is not normally seen in our public school curriculum.

The Chinue X Project, Inc. (TCXPI) is the creation of Cynthia Chinue X Cornelius, MA.Ed. As an Oakland native, a product of the OPS, and mother to the same, Cynthia is all too familiar with the curriculum and how it has omitted, distorted and negated the many contributions made by people of African descent. She holds a Bachelors in Africana Studies, and a Masters in Equity and Social Justice in Education both from San Francisco State University. In 2011, she establish a 501(c)3 in  Maryland as a vehicle to disseminate Black History Facts and to bring awareness to African and African American History. She has a following on Facebook and features a page that focuses soley on Daily African/Black History Facts entitled On This Day In TCXPI History. Cynthia believes that the time is now for our nation’s public school systems to become culturally relevant and inclusive in what is taught in schools.

TCXPI’s goal for 2016 is to hold FOUR FREE six-week sessions beginning the second Saturdays of the months of January, April, July, and October. Each session will include engaging African-centred or Afrocentric activities that will facilitate instruction to each scholar in the history of their heritage and culture.

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First Session Young Scholars

To stay updated or to become a part of our program please contact Cynthia; to”Like and Join” our fb pages please visit: TCXPI Afrocentric Young Scholars Saturday School ProgramChinue X Rising, The Chinue X Project, Inc. (TCXPI), and I Love Oakland, CA. ILOC.

If a race has no history, if it has no worthwhile tradition, it becomes a negligible factor in the thought of the world, and it stands in danger of being exterminated.

Dr. Carter G. Woodson

 

 

 

Real Talk On Oakland, California

To ALL Oakland, California Natives,

With all that has gone on in Oakland in the last decade, I feel that it is time to bring together Oakland natives for serious dialogue on life in Oakland.

At a time in the near future, I would like to co-host a REAL TALK on being a product of Oakland, California.

My mission is to have respectful discourse on the VARIED perspectives of being a youth in Oakland during the 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s and how it has shaped us and how it relates to Oakland today.

Let me know your thoughts.

Cynthia D. Cornelius

 

 

Happy Earth Day Ronald V. Dellums!

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Ronald Vernie Dellums was born on November 24, 1935 in Oakland, California to Willa Terry Dellums and Vernie Dellums. His father Vernie Dellums was a longshoreman, and his mother was a labor organizer. 

As a child, Ron attended St. Patrick Catholic School in Oakland.   After high school Ron Dellums served in the United States Marine Corps from 1954 to 1956 after he was denied the college scholarship he had sought. 

After service in the Marines, Dellums, with the help of the G.I Bill and an outside job, attended San Francisco State College where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1960.  This was followed by an M.A. in Social Welfare from the University of California at Berkeley in 1962.

In the same year Dellums began his career as a psychiatric social worker in the California Department of Mental Hygiene in Berkeley.  Dellums also taught at San Francisco State University and the University of California, Berkeley.  His work soon led him to become involved in community politics. 

In 1967 at 32, Dellums was elected to the Berkeley City Council.  He quickly became known as the spokesperson for African American community affairs and for his radical political beliefs.  

After only three years on the Berkeley City Council, Dellums decided to run for Congress.  With high name recognition — partly because his uncle, C.L. Dellums was a well known East Bay political activist and founding member of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters — and with crucial campaign assistance from Coretta Scott King, the widow of slain civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., as well as from Berkeley’s powerful anti-Vietnam War organizations, 35-year-old Dellums was elected to Congress.  

Dellums quickly emerged as one of the most radical and outspoken Congressmen in Washington.  Within weeks of his election, Dellums called for Congressional investigations into alleged war crimes in Vietnam and co-founded the Congressional Black Caucus. Two years later he began a long campaign to end the apartheid policies of South Africa and in 1986 introduced the Comprehensive Anti-Apartheid Act which called for sanctions on South Africa.  President Ronald Reagan vetoed the bill, however his veto was overridden.  This marked the first time a Presidential veto of a foreign policy measure was overridden by Congress in the 20th Century.

Ronald V. Dellums remained in Congress until his resignation on February 6, 1998.  His resignation prompted a special election which sent Barbara Lee to Congress from his district.  Since his resignation Dellums has written his autobiography entitled, Lying Down with the  Lions: A Public Life from the Streets of Oakland to the Halls of Power. 

In June 2006 he was elected as the Mayor of Oakland, succeeding former California Governor Jerry Brown. Ronald Dellums is married to Cynthia Dellums and they have four children.

Source:

http://www.blackpast.org/aah/dellums-ronald-vernie-1935

(Accessed on 11/23/2015)

If you would like to see our children receive this education, please support our campaign “TCXPI Free Afrocentric Saturday School Program” beginning January 12, 2016, in Oakland, California

https://fundly.com/the-chinue-x-project-inc-fundraiser