HISTORY

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The It’s About Time Committee is committed to preserving and promoting the legacy of the Black Panther Party (BPP) and its programs of community survival pending social change.  We will commemorate the historic legacies of the BPP as well as the many sacrifices and constructive contributions that all of us made while serving the people body and soul.

 

We have the responsibility to place our own experiences into historical context; otherwise, the legacy of the black Panther Party will be ignored, dismissed and distorted by today’s commentators and tomorrow’s historians.

 

We will maintain a network of Black Panther Party alumni and supporters for the purpose of providing educational information to community groups or the public at large regarding issues of social justice. We will support other community organizations who promote social justice issues.

 

We commemorate the sacrifices of those who fell in body and spirit to the prevailing internal and external forces of those times.  We must continue to bring attention to the plight of the many political prisoners and exiles who were victims of the government repression which contributed to the BPP’s demise.

 

We need to reclaim our history and dispel the many myths about the Black Panther Party.

  • Organized the 30th, 35th, 40th and 45th year Black Panther Party Reunion Conference and participated on host Committee for the 50th Anniversary conference.

  • Annual Bobby Hutton Day Celebration since 1998

  • Geronimo ji jaga Day in Oakland 1997

  • It’s About Time Website established 1998 – ongoing

  • It’s About Time Newsletter – 1997 – 2008

  • Established BPP History Month with yearly educational activities and exhibits in Oct. since 2005

  • Establishment and maintenance of BPP Archives – available to public for research purposes

  • Ongoing relationship with the City of Oakland – library, Chamber of Commerce and City Council with regular exhibits and activities

  • Yearly publication of BPP Historical Calendar

  • BPP Legacy Tours in Oakland, CA

  • Consultants on multiple documentaries, books and research projects

  • Worldwide exhibits of Panther Legacy Photos in England, Portugal, Australia and New Zealand

  • Hosted International Solidarity Conference in Tanzania 2009

  • BPP Speakers Bureau

  • Maintain communications network of BPP alumni worldwide

  • Political Prisoner Work – Founding members of Angola 3 Defense Committee

  • Books Behind Bars Program providing progressive reading material to prisoners across the country

  • Maintain Travelling Photo and Newspaper Exhibits

  • Resource for reuniting family members, especially young people with BPP relatives

  • Recognition of fallen comrades

  • 50th Anniversary of Breakfast Program Celebration

  • BPP Community Awards Celebration Dinner 2019

Revolutionary Activities

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