Print Study Room: Black Panther Archive

Stephen Shames, _George Jackson’s funeral, St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, Oakland_, August 28, 1971, gelatin silver print, 13 ¼ x 19 ¾ inches, The Jack Shear Collection of Photography at the Tang Teaching Museum, 2017.45.16

“Black Panther Archive” with Professor and Director of Black Studies Winston Grady-Willis

Students in the “Black Panther Archive” placed primary source documents associated with the Black Panther Party from the Tang Museum collection in conversation with those of contemporary human rights movements. Students made connections between this earlier Black Panther Party activism, their own lived experience, and a range of twenty-first century movements and organizations that challenge structures of power in the U.S. and globally.
In studying issues of power and justice in this way, students embraced the notion of Sankofa, the driving principle in Black Studies which calls for the examination of global African experiences both historically and contemporarily, as well as the dynamic interplay between the past and present.

Survival Pending Revolution

Solidarity and Social Movements

Allen Zak, _Untitled (Angela Davis)_, 1969, ink on paper, 21 ⅝ x 16 ⅜, Tang Teaching Museum collection, gift of Jack Shear, 2017.45.8

Demand Your Rights

Black and white photograph of Black men wearing suits and beret hats lined up as if they are in marching formation.
Stephen Shames, Panthers line up at a Free Huey rally in DeFremery Park, Oakland, July 28, 1968, gelatin silver print, 13 ⅛ x 19 ½ inches, The Jack Shear Collection of Photography at the Tang Teaching Museum, 2017.45.12

Justice Benjamin ’22, Marika Gould ’23, and Ryan Payne ’22 outlined the efficacy of protest movements and how visibility is a key factor for successful organizing. They connected Black Panther Party organizing to contemporary movements such as the “Stay Dangerous” movement and environmental action in Mauna Kea, Hawaii.

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_Towards A New Constitution_ from _The Black Panther_ Vol. V No. 22, Saturday, November 28, 1970, ink on newsprint, 17 ½ x 23 ¾ inches, Tang Teaching Museum collection, 2021.2.1

Black Panther Party Legacy

In this newsletter El Buchannan ’22, Orlando Burgos ’23, Sierra Bynes-Eason ’21, Jack Fitzpatrick ’24, and Aaron Shellow-Lavine ’23 speak to the Black Panther Party’s organizing principles, such as the Ten-Point Program, and how these methods of grass roots organizing influenced social movements around the world and to the present day.

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Protest Posters

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Pattern by Erin Barry ’16
Inspired by the exhibition The Jewel Thief
The Tang Pattern Project celebrates the Museum’s 20th anniversary. Organized by Head of Design Jean Tschanz-Egger, past and current Tang Design Interns created patterns inspired by the Museum’s exhibition and event history.