Panel Discussion: Black Panthers Party: Making Sense of History - the Photographs of Stephen Shames
Tickets available at the Henry admissions desk beginning Thursday, April 17. Seating is limited. First come, first served.
During the height of the Civil Rights movement, from 1967 to 1973, photographer Stephen Shames had unprecedented access to The Black Panther Party and captured not only its public face—street demonstrations, protests, and militant armed posturing—but also unscripted behind-the-scenes moments, from private Party meetings held in its headquarters to Bobby Seale at work on his mayoral campaign in Oakland. Shames’s work offers an uncommonly nuanced portrait of this dynamic social movement, during one of the most tumultuous periods in U.S. history. This exhibit is on view at Odegaard Library to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the student takeover of the administration building at the University of Washington, which resulted in the formation of one of the first Black Student Unions in the United States.
Panelists are expected to include King County Councilmember Larry Gossett, who was also one of the original founders of the University of Washington's Black Student Union; James Gregory, Professor of History, Affiliate, Center for Labor Studies; Janet Jones, coordinator for the Seattle Black Panther Party History and Memory Project; and Aaron Dixon, co-founder and Captain of the Seattle chapter of the Black Panther Party. (Panel participation is subject to change.)