BRYAN SHIH at Northwest African American Museum
Co-presented with the NORTHWEST AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSEUM. This fall marks the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Black Panther Party, an organization (and movement) that had a huge impact in its time, though not well understood by many in that time, and a group that also faced great odds. Photojournalist Bryan Shih and Fairfield University historian Yohuru Williams have collaborated on The Black Panthers: Portraits from an Unfinished Revolution (Nation Books), a book of oral testimony from numerous people who were active with the Panthers, along with striking photographs. (This is one of at least two significant such projects we know of, the other being All Power: Visual Legacies of the Black Panther Party, from Minor Matters Books of Seattle). "A half century ago the Black Panther Party shocked America. With their black berets and black leather jackets and slogans of Black pride. With their Black power fists and their guns in response to police brutality in their ‘hoods. And with their self-produced newspaper and free breakfast program for kids. The Black Panthers: Portraits from an Unfinished Revolution is an hypnotic reflection pool on the movement, the mythologies, and the women and men who challenged oppression as no other organization made in America ever had before. Brilliant, painful, enlightening, tearful, tragic, sad, and funny, this photo-essay book is at its core about healing, and about the social justice work that still needs to be done in the era of hip-hop, Black Lives Matter, and the historic presidency of Barack Obama." —Kevin Powell. Free admission. The Northwest African American Museum (www.naamnw.org) is at 2300 South Massachusetts Street in the heart of Seattle.