41st & Central: The Untold Story of the L.A. Black Panthers returns 2/19 @ El Camino College

41 If you missed the opportunity to view the film, 41st & Central: The Untold Story of the L.A. Black Panthers a few years ago at the Pan African-American Film Festival, here’s your chance.  For Black History Month, El Camino College will be showing the film in the Marsee Auditorium at 6pm.

The film is worth supporting for a variety of reasons.  One, the film was produced locally by Gregory Everett, and  Damon Jones and Jasmyne Cannick, to name a few, who served as the film producers.   Secondly, it was because of this film that key figures in the movie, Alprentice “Bunchy” Carter and John Huggins where finally honored at UCLA and most importantly, its an opportunity to create dialogue on why the individuals responsible for free food programs, and fighting poverty and racism in their communities, are rarely if at all honored during black history month.

Mary Corey, a history lecturer at UCLA was teaching at capstone seminar on 1960s activism where the 16 students in her class saw the film and sprung into

Gregory Everett and Jasmyne Cannick

Gregory Everett and Jasmyne Cannick

action.  “It’s as if it never happened, and that’s just wrong. It did happen, and it’s a tragic, tragic part of this institution’s history,” said Corey.

In Campbell Hall, Carter and Huggins, who were also members of the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense were murdered, in room 1201 then a small cafeteria, now home to an Academic Advancement Program’s math and science tutorial.  Professor Corey’s class raised the funds to purchase the two plaques that commerate their deaths and also pursuaded UCLA to install the plaques on the interior of Campbell Hall.  The students, although many have graduate, continue to celebrate the anniversay of their deaths on January 17th through candlelight vigils and they remain persistent to have one of the plaques erected to the exterior of the building. Citing architetural standards, UCLA has repeatedly denied requests to have them on the outside.

Several trailers are available for your viewing pleasure on the films website.  I was fortunate to attend the plaque ceremony where I met Elaine Brown, author of A Taste of Power which details Elaine’s rise in the party as one of the few women leaders.

Share the power of your mind, for the freedom of all people, with a revolutionary love ~ Elaine Brown

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