March 15, 2021

The Black Panther Party with David F. Walker

Our guest this week is David F. Walker. David is an award-winning writer known primarily for his work in comics including Luke Cage and Bitter Root. He is the co-creator, with illustrator Marcus Kwame Anderson, of the new graphic novel history “The Black Panther Party.”


A bold and fascinating graphic novel history of the revolutionary Black Panther Party.

Founded in Oakland, California, in 1966, the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense was a radical political organization that stood in defiant contrast to the mainstream civil rights movement. This gripping illustrated history explores the impact and significance of the Panthers, from their social, educational, and healthcare programs that were designed to uplift the Black community to their battle against police brutality through citizen patrols and frequent clashes with the FBI, which targeted the Party from its outset.

Using dramatic comic book-style retellings and illustrated profiles of key figures, The Black Panther Party captures the major events, people, and actions of the party, as well as their cultural and political influence and enduring legacy.


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Sources for audio clips

Black Panthers Revisited | Op-Docs | The New York Times
U.S. History: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)
Huey P Newton Interviewed in Jail (1968) - CBS5
The Assassination of Fred Hampton: New Documents Reveal Involvement of FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover -Democracy Now
Rep. Ilhan Omar on the FBI Cointelpro Initiative - C-SPAN
Self-discovery through comics
Using comic book characters to identify your true self: Comicbookgirl19 at TEDxClaremontColleges
Luke Cage
Luke Cage' Star Mike Colter on the Netflix Series - Wall Street Journal
Bitter Root
Image Comics' Bitter Root Creators Talk Monsters, World Building And Harlem | NYCC 2018 | SYFY WIRE
US election: Is there a path to unity in a seemingly divided America? - Global News
Teaching Race
U.S. History: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)
Fred Hampton
Fred Hampton interviewed by ABC News - October 9th 1969 - ABC News
Black Panther Party
Who Were The Black Panthers? It's Complicated - Newsy
Great Migration
Sound Smart: The Great Migration | History
Kerner Commission Report
Plague of inequality' haunts U.S. 50 years after a landmark study on racial division - PBS Newshour
The Dangers of Whitewashing Black History | David Ikard | TEDxNashville

Show Credits

Host: Alyssa Milano
Executive Producer: Alyssa Milano
Associate Producer: Ben Jackson
Editing and Sound Production: Natasha Jacobs
Music by: Josh Cooke & Eleisha Eagle