“Community Justice: The Black Panther Party and Other Civil Rights Movements” is an exhibition that explores and examines various social justice movements of the late 1960s and early 1970s. The exhibition features photography, film/video and vintage and digital print materials that document the Black Panther Party, the Young Lords Party and the American Indian Movement.
These still and moving images and printed documents showcase the type of change-provoking programs these movements instituted, such as the Black Panther Party’s various survival programs offering education, healthcare, and free food to aid their respective communities.
The “Community Justice” exhibition acknowledges and joins a host of other exhibitions celebrating the 50th anniversary of Huey Newton’s founding of the Black Panther Movement in the fall of 1966. Chris Robé, Ph.D., film scholar and associate professor in FAU’s School of Communication and Multimedia Studies who has collaborated in the project’s organization describes the exhibition as “a timely reminder of how activism and dissent can influence change in our society.”
The exhibition presents documents and photographs from several collections including photographs by Bruce Davidson, Pirkle Jones and Ruth-Marion Baruch on loan from the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach; photographs and vintage documents from Ilka Hartmann, a west coast based photographer, activist and educator; photographs by Stephen Shames a photographer who collaborated with Bobby Seale on the recently published book, Power to the People: The World of the Black Panthers (Abrams, 2016); oral histories featuring members of the Young Lords, a Latino Civil Rights organization, from a collection founded by Young Lords founder Jose “Cha Cha” Jimenez housed at Grand Valley State University in Michigan; Black Panther Newspapers from Archives/Special Collections, Charles Evans Inniss Memorial Library, Medgar Evers College of the City University of New York; and Young Lords Party Newspapers from Young Lords Newspaper Collections, DePaul University Library Digital Collections. Palante Newspapers from digital scans, collection of william cordova.
Florida Atlantic University
Ritter Art Gallery
Boca Raton, Florida 33431