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The Black Panthers Speak and the Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975: bringing to life the US revolutionary black movement

by Ken Olende
Issue No. 2426

These two books bring to life the fiery days of the US revolutionary black movement during the late 1960s and early 1970s.

The reissued Black Panthers Speak complies articles, leaflets, statements,  and some illustrations mainly from the Black Panther Party’s newspaper.

It is a wide ranging collection and probably best to dip into. 

One of the most powerful sections covers Panther leader Bobby Seale’s determination to defend himself in court, while the judge and lawyers shouted him down. 

The Black Power Mixtape is a paperback reissue of the book that accompanied the 2011 film of previously forgotten footage from Swedish television.

It includes interviews with the radical musician Harry Belafonte and Shirley Chisolm, the black congresswoman who tried to stand against president Richard Nixon in 1972.

At its heart is an extended interview with the imprisoned black Communist Angela Davis. Davis says, “The problem does not lie with attitude, does not lie with individuals—racism is built into the fabric of society and it is that which has to be completely changed.”

Both powerfully show why that movement should be remembered today. 

The Black Panthers Speak. Edited by Philip S Foner. Haymarket.

The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975. Goran Hugo Olsson. Haymarket


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