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Here is a partial and ongoing list of Books & Films for research on African-American history, The Black Panther Party and U.S. social movements. Enjoy!


Eyes on the Prize: last segment focuses on BPP (Produced by PBS)


Cointelpro 101: rise of Cointelpro and its actions to neutralize progressive social movements in the US (Directed by Freedom Archives)


Black Power Mixtape: Black Freedom Struggle: US (Directed by Goran Olssen)


Free Angela Davis and All Political Prisoners: Documentary of her life and court trial (Directed by Shola Lynch)


Palante: (film & book) regarding Young Lords Party Puerto Rican movement in US. (Directed by Iris Morales)


Aoki: Story of Richard Aoki-Japanese American Field Marshall of the BPP (Directed by Mike Cheng and Ben Wang)


Polynesian Panthers: About the creation of the BPP Chapter in Auckland, New Zealand. (Directed by Nevak Iloliha)


A Panther in Africa: BPP Member Pete O’Neal’s life in exile


Mama C: Urban Warrior in the Bush: Charlotte O’Neal’s life in the BPP and in Africa


Justice on Trial: Mumia Abu-Jamal’s life, court trials and incarceration (Produced by Big Noise Films & Educators for Mumia Abu-Jamal. Not for sale. Contact JusticeonTrialThe


Beauty in Truth: The life of Alice Walker (Directed by Paraiba Parmar & Shaheen Shah)


The Black Panther Party—Vanguard of the Revolution: Chronicle of the BPP, includes interviews with BPP members and archival footage. (Directed by Stanley Nelson & Laurens Grant, Firelight Media). Airs on PBS

documentary films

American Violet: adaptation of true history of government orchestrated drug raids in early 2000s


North Country: adaptation of true story of the first class action [group] lawsuit against a corporation for sexual harassment and mistreatment of women factory workers, 1988-89


Bordertown: adaptation of true story of the unsolved murders of over 500 young women factory workers in the Maquiladores in Juarez, Mexico, across the border from Texas in the early late 1990s. Executive Producer: Jennifer Lopez.


The Color Purple: Fictional story of two African-American sisters, post-slavery in the US (adaptation of Alice Walker’s book, The Color Purple)


12 Years A Slave: based of the true story (and book of the same name) of Solomon Northrup, a freedman


Selma: film about the Voting Rights marches across Pettis Bridge. (Directed by Ava DuVernay)

Feature films

The Spirit of the Panther | by David Hilliard

The Huey P. Newton Reader | by Huey P. Newton


Revolutionary Suicide | by Huey P. Newton


A Taste of Power | by Elaine Brown


Seize the Time | by Bobby Seale


Black Panther: The Revolutionary Art of Emory Douglas | by Emory Douglas


Liberation, Imagination and the Black Panther Party: A New Look at the Black Panthers and their Legacy | by Kathleen Cleaver


My People Are Rising: Memoir of a Black Panther Party Captain | by Aaron Dixon


We Were Free for a While: Back to Back in the Black Panther Party | by Steve McCutchen


Living For The City-Migration, Education and the Rise of the Black Panther Party in Oakland, California | by Donna Murch


Want To Start A Revolution? Radical Women In the Black Freedom Struggle | Anthology, edited by Dayo Gore, Jeanne Theoharis and Komozi Woodard (Chapter 7 on BPP Oakland Community School)


Black Against Empire | by Waldo Martin, Joshua Bloom


Body and Soul: The Black Panther Party and the Fight against Medical Discrimination | by Alondra Nelson


Party Music: The Inside Story of the R&B band of the BPP | by Rickey Vincent


Assata: The autobiography of Assata Shakur | by Assata Shakur


The Rebellious Life of Ms. Rosa Parks | by Jeanne Theoharis


All of W.E.B. Dubois’ books

All of Frantz Fanon’s books (may be out of print)

All of Angela Davis’ books

All of Alice Walker’s books

All of Audre Lorde’s books

All of bell hooks’ books

All of Jonathan Kozol’s books

All of June Jordan’s books


Black Feminist Thought | by Patricia Hill-Collins

Palante: Young Lords Party | by Iris Morales


Passing It On | by Yuri Kochiyama


Twelve Years A Slave | Solomon Northrup


The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks | by Rebecca Skloot


White Fragility | Robin DiAngelo

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