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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Black Panther Party's 50th Anniversary to highlight Bobby Hutton, education, economics

The BPP symbol is a black panther, but a raised, clenched fist was also used to denote Black Power. 
"Where do we go from here?" is the theme of the 50th Anniversary Commemoration and Celebration of the Black Panther Party (BPP) to be held at multiple venues in Oakland, Calif., October 20-23, 2016. 

"The Black Panther Party is well-known and admired in Oakland and around the world for its stand against police brutality, for its Survival Programs— which included free breakfast for school children and free health clinics—its coalitions with other people of color, and its effort to bring about revolutionary change in America," said Clark Bailey, coordinator of the Anniversary Host Committee. "
"The anniversary events will explore and celebrate the history and legacy of the Black Panther Party," Bailey said and will be an international summit.

One event will be the renaming of a park on Sunday for fallen member Bobby Hutton, 18, who was killed by police on April 6, 1968 in Oakland, two days after the murder of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Memphis, Tenn.

"There will be people coming from all over the world, starting with  Africa and Australia, to take part in the gala, workshops, concerts, and naming ceremonies," said Saturu Ned, public relations director of the event. "We will be looking at the dynamics and ideologies of today and galvanizing ourselves for action," Ned said. 

To learn more about this event, go to Wingcom Watchdog will be covering the event.   

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