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Black Panther Women
The Black Panther Party changed the course of history in the turbulent 1960s and 70s. We know the men that made a difference… but what about the women? Black Panther Women features an all-female cast playing all roles – male and female.
You may have heard of Huey Newton and Bobby Seale, who founded the Black Panther Party organization in 1966. While the mainstream image of the Panther Party has been limited to armed men in black berets, the reality is that within three years of their founding, two-thirds of the Panther Party were women who helped lead social programs that changed their communities. You may not know about women who played pivotal roles in the group’s advancement such as Kathleen Cleaver, Ericka Huggins, Assata Shakur, and Afeni Shakur (mother of the late rapper Tupac Shakur). Women helped hold the party together while FBI COINTELPRO tactics brought them down. This powerful play examines the personal challenges women faced within the organization.
We invite you to celebrate this Black History Month and Women’s History Month by hearing their stories and becoming familiar with their struggles as they fight for justice, all for the love of the people.