#BlackPanthersMatter: The Black Panther Party at 50

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blackpanther icon-01#BlackPanthersMatter: The Black Panther Party at 50

Still image from the film The Black Power Mixtape 1967–1975
Founded 50 years ago on October 15, 1966, the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense created the foundational iconography of Black radicalism in the United States. Their revolutionary aesthetics and self-controlled image established them in the nation’s eye: Black berets, Afros, leather jackets, and militarized organization. #BlackPanthersMatter brings together four films that highlight the depth behind the visuals, both by relating the Black Panthers outward to contemporary Black lives and by pointing the camera inwards at the emotional experiences of the movement’s founders. This series is sponsored by the Black Film Center/Archive, The Media School’s cinema and media arts program, the Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies, Center for Documentary Research and Practice, and IU Cinema.

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