A powerful and wide-ranging collection examining the persistent impact of the Black Panther Party on subsequent liberation struggles.
The first book to comprehensively examine how the Black Panther Party has directly shaped the practices and ideas that have animated grassroots activism in the decades since its decline, Black Power Afterlives represents a major scholarly achievement as well as an important resource for today's activists. Through its focus on the enduring impact of the Black Panther Party, this volume expands the historiography of Black Power studies beyond the 1960s-70s and serves as a bridge between studies of the BPP during its organizational existence and studies of present-day Black activism, allowing today's readers and organizers to situate themselves in a long lineage of liberation movements.
“What Fujino and Harmachis have done with this collection of articles is comparable in scope to Charles Jones’ The Black Panther Party (Reconsidered), and Judson Jeffries’ Comrades, both superb and deeply critical anthologies, but with a provocative twist: what would be the historical impacts of the Black Panther Party half a century hence? As a young member of the original collective, I can say without contradiction, we were so busy, and often so nerve-wracked that we barely thought about the next 50 minutes, much less 50 years! Fujino and Harmachis show us that history is never done. It runs like a river, sometimes rushing, sometimes meandering, but always moving.” —Mumia Abu-Jamal, author of We Want Freedom: A Life in the Black Panther Party
“Black Power Afterlives constructs an urgently needed bridge between the Black Power era and the Black Lives Matter movements of today. Deftly side stepping well-trod ground, authors trace how the Panthers' international engagements, artistic practices, ideological frameworks and community organizing have continued to influence new generations of activists. By locating the Panthers' richest legacies in the work of students, poor Black folks and Black queer feminists and in the sustained commitment of political prisoners, it reminds readers of the transformative possibilities of struggle.” —Robyn C. Spencer, author of The Revolution Has Come: Black Power, Gender, and the Black Panthers Party in Oakland
“The Black Panther Party’s 1966 armed actions against police brutality in Oakland’s black community reorganized mainstream consciousness in the US. The BPP exposed entrenched notions of gun-ownership as the exclusive right of white Americans. The Party’s armed cop-watch, aesthetic exaltation of blackness, and challenges to capitalism also released black resistance from the state’s ideological grip. Black Power Afterlives is the first book to explore this post-60s reorganization of black consciousness, resistance and humanity. Its intervention is as urgent and rich as the legacy of the Black Panthers.” —Johanna Fernández, author of The Young Lords: A Radical History
Black Power Afterlives: The Enduring Significance of the Black Panther Party
Haymarket Books 2020