The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution
The name – the Black Panthers – is seared into ’60s history, evoking both menace and leather-jacketed, Afro-coiffed cool. The radical group stood at the vanguard of the era’s movement for social change in America before its decline and eventual disintegration in the 1970s and early ’80s.
Master documentarian Stanley Nelson takes a deep, clear-eyed look at the Black Panther Party and its significance to American culture in his latest film, The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution. Released just ahead of the 50th anniversary of the party’s founding in Oakland, California, in 1966, it is screened as part of the PBS-backed Indie Lens Pop-Up community cinema initiative. A subsequent discussion explores the Black Panthers in Kansas City and parallels with the Black Lives Matter movement today.
Co-presented by KCPT-TV and the University of Missouri-Kansas City.