Saturday, February 17, 2018

2/22 Speaking Event: The Revolutionary Legacy of the Black Panther Party with Khury Petersen-Smith

ISO-Boston presents:
The Revolutionary Legacy of the Black Panther Party
Featuring activist & geographer Khury Petersen-Smith
Thursday, February 22 | 7:00 - 9:00 pm

***This talk will be given by activist and geographer Khury Petersen-Smith, whose activism and scholarship has focused on opposing U.S. empire, resisting racism, and solidarity with Palestine. He is the co-author of the 2015 Black Solidarity Statement With Palestine, which was signed by over 1,100 Black activists, artists, and scholars.***

As the 1960s' Black freedom struggle moved from the South to the North and shifted its goals from reform to revolution, the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense became its most prominent icon. The Panthers were known the country and the world over for their militant commitment to self-defense, their self-sacrificing dedication to the cause of liberation and their revolutionary politics.

Within a few short years, the party had an active membership numbering in the thousands, and a following that was many times larger. The weekly Black Panther newspaper had a circulation of a quarter-million copies at its high point. All this occurred in a country where we're told socialism could never be popular enough to win.

The left today needs to understand and champion the legacy of the Panthers. All the questions that the Panthers faced--not only the conditions of racist police violence, poverty and oppression, but the question of how to organize to change these conditions--are still with us.

Join the Boston branch of the International Socialist Organization for a public meeting discussing this history and how it can animate the struggle for a better world today.