"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
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.
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
(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 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:
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.
Metronews Online's The Sixties