Born William Goldwyn Nunn III, surise 10/20/53 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, sunset 9/24/16 from leukemia. Went to Morehouse with Spike Lee. His dad was a scout for the Steelers. His film debut was in 1998 in School Daze by Spike Lee. He is better known for his role as Radio Raheem in Do the Right Thing. He […]Read more "Bill Nunn"
Born Kathleen Neal 5/13/45 in Memphis, Texas. Her father was in the foreign service, growing up she lived in India, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and the Philippines. She attended a Quaker boarding school. She left college at Barnard to be a secretary at SNCC (Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee). She married Eldridge Cleaver, joined the BPP and […]Read more "Kathleen Cleaver #BlackPanthersAt50"
Born Ericka Jenkins 1/5/48 in Washington, D.C. Joined BPP in Los Angeles in 1967 also worked with the New Haven, Connecticut chapter. Her husband, John Huggins, was shot to death 1/17/69 on UCLA’s campus. She had a three month old child at the time. She was tried and acquitted for murder, kidnapping, and conspiracy for […]Read more "Ericka Huggins #BlackPanthersAt50"
James Baldwin was brilliant. Samuel L. Jackson has redeemed himself. This should be the bible on race. Martin Luther King Jr. sunrise 1/15/29 Atlanta, Georgia, sunset 4/4/68 Memphis, Tennessee. Malcolm X sunrise 5/19/25 Omaha Nebraska, sunset 2/21/65 Manhattan, New York Medgar Evers sunrise 7/2/25 Decatur, Mississippi, sunset 6/12/63 Jackson, Mississippi. It’s directed by Raoul Peck […]Read more "“I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO” #WeAreEverywhere"
Born Elbert Howard 1/5/38 Chattanooga, Tennessee. Served in the United States Air Force and was honorably discharged. One of the six original founding members of the BPP, the 3rd member. Was 28 years old when he met Huey Newton and Bobby Seale at Merritt College in Oakland, California. Panther on the Prowl is his memoir. […]Read more "Elbert “Big Man” Howard #BlackPanthersAt50"
Born JoAnne Deborah Byron 7/16/47 in Jamaica Queens, New York. Joined the BPP, coordinated the breakfast program and was a leading member of the Harlem branch. She said: “The basic problem stemmed from the fact that the BPP had no systematic approach to political education. They were reading the Red Book but didn’t know who […]Read more "Assata Shakur #BlackPanthersAt50"
She was the first black person to be a neurosurgeon.Read more "Alexa Canady"
“[y]oung people think Rosa Parks just sat down on a bus and ended segregation, but that wasn’t the case at all.”Read more "Claudette Colvin"
She was Joey’s girlfriend before she was Ross’ girlfriend on Friends.Read more "Aisha Tyler"
First female sculptor of African and Native American heritage to gain recognition in modern art.Read more "Edmonia Lewis"