Yesterday was, October 22, 2016, which marked the 50th anniversary of the Black Panther Party and I was very fortunate to be at the rally in the very epicenter of the original movement, Oakland, CA.
Better yet, I was able to met up with some good friends and fellow photographers, Jim Watkins (my esteemed co-host on StreetPX) and Dwayne Newton (retired Lieutenant for the SFFD and phenomenal freelance photojournalist) to snag some photos of the event.
Throughout the day, I had the honor of meeting some legendary figures from the original movement, great musical artists and so much more.
Best of all, I scored a front row seat to document the live set and below are a few photos of the musical artists, including Alia Sharrief, Mozenraff, Skeem Price, Samuel of Club Nouveau, Kev Choice, Dawnari, as well as phenomenal speakers such as Minister Keith Muhammad, former NBA great Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf and many more.
Facebook Live Broadcast
Sorry if the video deviates from the subject a bit… I was photographing with one hand and video taping with the other. 🙂
After the rally, I ran over to the African American History Museum and Library to meet up with Dave Christensen (Director of the Harvey Milk Photo Center) and Dwayne Newton, for Suzun Lucia Lamaina’s reception and signing of her book, Revolutionary Grain: Celebrating the Spirit of the Black Panthers in Portraits and Stories. An amazing project where she spent 5 years traveling throughout the US, documenting the lives of original Black Panther Party members.
More Info on the project can be found HERE. I definitely recommend this book.
One hell of a great time and proud I was able to attend.