Black Panther Documentary Screening at City Hall

 

Few know that the Black Panther Party was founded at Merritt College in Oakland in October 1966.Many of the party’s early social justice programs still largely go unrecognized. 

The television station at the Peralta Community College District, Peralta TV, produced a national award-winning film, Merritt College: Home of the Black Panthers, narrated by U. S. Congresswoman Barbara Lee, about the origins of the Black Panther Party at Merritt College. 

The film, which was shown at the United Nations as part of the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery, features rare interviews with Black Panther founder Bobby Seale, as well as members: David Hilliard, Ericka Huggins, Elbert “Big Man” Howard, Emory Douglas and Richard Aoki.

The City of Alameda has partnered with Peralta Colleges in bringing this illuminating film to Alameda on Saturday, Oct. 14, from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Alameda City Hall, City Council Chambers, 2263 Santa Clara Ave., third floor.

The screening is free and open to the public. Speakers will include Congresswoman Lee, the film’s director Jeffrey Heyman, and Mayor Trish Spencer.