August 28, 2008 - Issue 288
In Struggle Spotlight
By Larry Pinkney
BlackCommentator.com Editorial Board
following is Part 2 of an interview in late June 2008, with Ericka Huggins,
former national Minister of Education for the Black Panther Party. [Click
to read Part 1] As the interview of Sister Ericka broadens in scope,
she continues to elucidate brilliantly the historical beginning, objectives,
and accomplishments of the
In the interview,
Sister Ericka pointed out that early on it was recognized by certain members
of the national leadership of the Black Panther Party, in conjunction
with various members of the community, that “it was great for our children
to have an educational program but we needed a full school with
teachers and classes and a curriculum and a building that was designated
for it.” Thus it was that Brother Huey P. Newton “immediately went about
finding a way to develop a nonprofit corporation and to secure
funding to buy the building that the
herself was one of the “teacher[s] in the
The teachers at
to Sister Ericka Huggins discuss the
BlackCommentator.com Editorial Board Member, Larry Pinkney, is a veteran of the Black Panther Party, the former Minister of Interior of the Republic of New Africa, a former political prisoner and the only American to have successfully self-authored his civil/political rights case to the United Nations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. In connection with his political organizing activities in opposition to voter suppression, etc., Pinkney was interviewed in 1988 on the nationally televised PBS NewsHour, formerly known as The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour. For more about Larry Pinkney see the book, Saying No to Power: Autobiography of a 20th Century Activist and Thinker , by William Mandel [Introduction by Howard Zinn]. (Click here to read excerpts from the book). Click here to contact Mr. Pinkney.
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