|The BPP symbol is a black panther, but a raised, clenched fist was also used to denote Black Power.|
"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. "
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 http://www.bpp50th.com/. Wingcom Watchdog will be covering the event.