All Power: Visual Legacies of the Black Panther Party
Co-edited by Michelle Dunn Marsh and Negarra A. Kudumu; with additional texts by Rene De Guzman, senior curator, Oakland Museum of California; and Dr. Deborah Willis with Hank Thomas. Published by Minor Matters
In 1966 Huey Newton and Bobby Seale, two law students at Laney College in Oakland, California, launched The Black Panther Party for Self-Defense. Officially active for less than twenty years (1966–1982), the Panthers indelibly pierced the public consciousness, and for many its legacy remains controversial.
This book, All Power: Visual Legacies of the Black Panther Party, evolved from correspondence and conversation with a select list of contemporary black artists who answered the call and submitted work that was, from their perspective, related to the Party. They include sixteen emerging and internationally acclaimed practitioners from around the nation, women and men spanning thirty to seventy years of age.
At a time when the United States feels anything but, this book demonstrates art’s ability to cut through rhetoric, and communicate varying perspectives. The goal of this volume is not so much to add to the study of the Black Panther Party’s history—though it clearly highlights the persistence of its sophisticated visual communication—but to look to its present influence among a variety of significant cultural contributors, and to acknowledge what could still be achieved to the benefit of American society as outlined in their Ten Point program fifty years ago.
Works by Derrick Adams, Maikoiyo Alley-Barnes, Endia Beal, Yadesa Bojia, Howard Cash, Ayana V. Jackson, Kambui Olujimi, Paul Rucker, Lewis Watts, Carrie Mae Weems, Mickalene Thomas, Hank Willis Thomas, Robert Wade, and others.
96 pages, 9 x 10 in.
30 black and white and color images