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October 2016 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the founding of the Black Panther Party, an organization that remains one of the most misunderstood of the twentieth century. But beyond the labels of “extremist” and “violent” that have marked the party, and behind charismatic leaders like Huey Newton, Bobby Seale, and Eldridge Cleaver were the ordinary men and women who made up the Panther rank and file.

In The Black Panthers, photojournalist Bryan Shih and historian Yohuru Williams offer a reappraisal of the party’s history and legacy. Through stunning portraits, poignant interviews, and illuminating essays by leading scholars, the book reveals the grit and battle scars of the foot soldiers of the party, some of whom eventually became top party leaders themselves—and the undying love for the people that kept them going.

With an introduction by Peniel E. Joseph.

    Author: Bryan Shih / Yohuru Williams
    Publisher: Nation Books
    Pages: 288pp
    Size: 7 x 10 x .75
    Notes: softcover, b/w
    Release Date: September 13, 2016
    ISBN: 978-1568585550