Ericka Huggins, College Professor and former member of the Black Panthers speak to High School class
In 2009 Peralta TV produced an award winning documentary on the origins of the Black Panther party at Merritt College. The film has been used in schools and colleges across the country in political science, history and ethnic studies classes.
Recently, Peralta College District Trustee Linda Handy, arranged for a high school class in New Jersey to watch the documentary. High School Teacher, Thomas Jones from the Montclair Kimberley Academy, wanted to take it once step further…
He wanted his class to speak with an original member of the Panthers.
Ericka Huggins, a Peralta College District Professor and former member of the Black Panthers, agreed to talk to the class via Skype.
There’s no doubt the kids were impressed, and the issues discussed ranged from the history of slavery in the US, to how wealth is distributed in today’s America.
Laney College Library Event Women and the Black Panther Party’s Community Survival Programs Featuring Ericka Huggins
Thursday, May 10, 2012 - 9:00 am
Laney Library Browsing Area
Ericka Huggins is an educator, former Black Panther Party member, political prisoner, human rights activist and poet. For the past 30 years Ericka has lectured throughout the United States on the restoration of human rights, whole child education, and, the role of spiritual practice in sustaining activism and promoting social change.
Ericka is currently a professor of Sociology at Laney College and Berkeley City College. She is also a professor in the Women’s Studies department at California State University-East Bay.
She teaches relaxation and resiliency skills in elementary and secondary schools as well as juvenile and adult prisons and jails.
We are pleased to announce that Peralta TV’s documentary, “Merritt College: Home of the Black Panthers,” has been accepted for consideration at the Sundance Film Festival, the largest independent film festival in the country.
The documentary, which won a national Gold Medallion Award in 2009 for the best college television/film production, is narrated by Congresswomen Barbara Lee and tells the story of the origins of the Black Panther Party at Merritt College through exclusive interviews and rare archival footage. The film, which was shown at the United Nations as part of events honoring the victims of slavery, features Bobby Seale, Richard Aoki, Ericka Huggins, David Hillard, Emory Douglas, Elbert “Big Man” Howard and other Party members as well as several past presidents of Merritt College, including Chancellor Wise Allen.
A trailer for the film can be seen here: http://blackpanthersthemovie.com/
The documentary’s IMDb page (still under construction) is here: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2062588/