Sixties/Haight/Counterculture Links


The Black Panther Party

"The Black Panther Party was a progressive political organization that stood in the vanguard of the most powerful movement for social change in America since the Revolution of 1776 and the Civil War: that dynamic episode generally referred to as The Sixties. It is the sole black organization in the entire history of black struggle against slavery and oppression in the United States that was armed and promoted a revolutionary agenda, and it represents the last great thrust by the mass of black people for equality, justice and freedom." —from the www.blackpanther.org site.

The Panthers and the Diggers had friendly, cooperative relations around the time of the Huey Newton trial. Emmett mentions visits to the Oakland headquarters of the Panthers at several points in Ringolevio.[See the search page here, and type in "panther" and choose to search the Ringolevio pages.] Recently I came across David Hilliard's absolutely engrossing story of his life and the Black Panther Party. There is one particular passage that is astounding in how clearly it shows the passing of the dharma that helped inspire the Survival Programs that the Panthers made so central to their message of revolutionary change:

Bobby's [Bobby Seale, Chairman of the Black Panther Party] gifts for inspiration are invaluable to the Party. A practical visionary, he convinces crowds they can make a revolution, and has the same effect on the cadre. One day, he enters the office after Emmett has left off bags of beans and rice.
 
"Damn, this is a good idea," he says. "We should do this."
 
"We are doing it," the officer of the day says.
 
"No, we should establish it. Every day. A Free Food Program. Get contributions from the local businessmen and put together packages. Help people survive."
 
And the Free Food Program starts.
 
This Side of Glory: The Autobiography of David Hilliard and the Story of the Black Panther Party, page 181.

Summer of Love 30th Anniversary Celebration

Curtis and Chet (and a bunch of other rainbow warriors) put togethter the 30th anniversary celebration of the Summer of Love, October 12, 1997. Check out their web site at:

http://www.summeroflove.org

(Glad to see that the BGP people don't own that domain name!)

I put together a page of photos, and Morningstar people sent their contribution as well.


The Sixties Project and Vietnam Generation


The Free Speech Movement Archives


The Wild Bohemian Home Page has many rich and valuable resources for anyone studying the Sixties, and specifically the Haight-Ashbury. For example, check out these pages:

Colin's Haight-Ashbury Archives

Who's Who of the Haight-Ashbury Era

Other Haight-Ashbury sites


The Haight-Ashbury Free Press publishes an eclectic range of articles. They have one page with reminiscences of the Haight, Inside the Haight-Ashbury, and a page of links.


Old Hip's Groovy Hippie Links (with a midi version of Dr. John's Band)


The Haight-Ashbury Scene, Alive and Online

This site contains the beginnings of an archive of Gene Anthony's photographic oeuvre covering the minute-to-minute life of the Haight Ashbury from 1965 onward. Well worth a visit to see the 'real deal.' If you want to see what it really looked like, especially recommended are his snapshots of street scenes. Good collection of photos showing the Digger events, including Death of Money/Now! parade.


The Flashback Page (very cool page of links)


Rockument has a page of links, Haight-Ashbury Music and Culture. They also have information on the CD-Rom that Allen Cohen and Tony Bove produced, Haight-Ashbury In The Sixties. There's also an article by Allen, Additional Notes on the S.F. Oracle.


Metronews Online's The Sixties page