In this episode of UpFront Cat Brooks and Mitch Jeserich honor the upcoming 50th anniversary of the founding of the Black Panther Party in Oakland, California. They play excerpts from the documentary The Black Panthers: Vanguard Of The Revolution, directed by Stanley Nelson (2015) and discuss the current situation of constant police shootings against black bodies across the country.
About the film:
The Black Panthers: Vanguard Of The Revolution is the first feature length documentary to explore the Black Panther Party, its significance to the broader American culture, its cultural and political awakening for black people, and the painful lessons wrought when a movement derails. The film weaves a treasure trove of rare archival footage with the voices of the people who were there: police, FBI informants, journalists, white supporters and detractors, and Black Panthers who remained loyal to the party and those who left it. It is an essential history and a vibrant chronicle of this pivotal movement that birthed a new revolutionary culture in America.