Special Interview with Kathleen Cleaver on American Black Journal

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Special Interview with Kathleen Cleaver on American Black Journal Sunday, February 21, at 9:30 A.M. Watch Online.

"Excellent. What is clear from this sober yet electrifying film is that the power of the Panthers was rooted in their insistence — radical then, radical still — that black lives matter." - A.O. Scott, The New York Times

Change was coming to America and the fault lines could no longer be ignored — cities were burning, Vietnam was exploding, and disputes raged over equality and civil rights. A new revolutionary culture was emerging, one that sought to drastically transform the system. The Black Panther Party for Self-Defense would, for a short time, put itself at the vanguard of that change. Directed, produced and written by Stanley Nelson, The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution premieres on Independent Lens Tuesday, February 16, 2016, 9:00-11:00 P.M. ET on Detroit Public TV.

The Black Panthers: Vanguard of The Revolution is the first feature-length documentary to explore the Black Panther Party, its significance to the broader American culture, its cultural and political awakening for black people, and the painful lessons wrought when a movement derails. Master documentarian Nelson goes straight to the source, weaving a treasure trove of rare archival footage with the voices of the people who were there: police, FBI informants, journalists, white supporters and detractors, and Black Panthers who remained loyal to the party and those who left it. The Black Panthers: Vanguard of The Revolution is an essential history and a vibrant chronicle of this pivotal movement that gave rise to a new revolutionary culture in America.

To learn more about this engaging documentary, visit the Black Panthers page on Independent Lens.

On Sunday, February 21, the conversation about the Black Panther party continues when Kathleen Cleaver, one of the central figures in the party who’s also featured in The Black Panthers: Vanguard of The Revolution. Cleaver stops by American Black Journal to speak with Detroit’s own Stephen Henderson.

Don’t miss this fascinating discussion Sunday, February 21, at 9:30 A.M. For more information, visit http://AmericanBlackJournal.org.