Wednesday, February 24 at 6 pm--David F. Walker and Marcus Kwame Anderson discuss The Black Panther Party
As part of our ongoing efforts to raise awareness for NYC Books Through Bars, author David F. Walker and illustrator Marcus Kwame Anderson will discuss their collaboration on a new graphic novel history of The Black Panther Party (currently featured in the February book drive for Books Through Bars)
To register on Crowdcast (where you can also post questions in advance), go to: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/black-panther-party-book
Before we conclude Freebird's February's book drive, we have asked the author and illustrator of the featured title, The Black Panther Party, to talk about the significance of Bobby Seale, Huey P. Newton, Fred Hampton (currently the subject of a new film), and many others in the history of revolutionary politics in America, as well as the role they played as a counterpart to the mainstream civil rights movement of the 1960s and '70s. It's also a reminder that there are still Black Panthers in prison. Read about them here.
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.
DAVID F. WALKER is an award-winning comic book writer, filmmaker, journalist, and educator. Walker is best known for his work in comics, including Shaft: A Complicated Man (Dynamite Entertainment), winner of the 2015 Glyph Award for Story of the Year, and its sequel, Shaft: Imitation of Life. His work for Marvel Comics includes Luke Cage, Occupy Avengers, Power Man and Iron Fist, Nighthawk, Fury, and Deadpool. He’s also worked for DC Comics (Cyborg), Boom! (Planet of the Apes), and IDW/Monkeybrain (The Army of Dr. Moreau). He is the creator of the prose YA series The Adventures of Darius Logan, and author of the novel Shaft’s Revenge, the first new novel starring the iconic black detective in more than forty years.
MARCUS KWAME ANDERSONis an illustrator and fine artist. He is the co-creator of the ongoing comic book series, Snow Daze, and has illustrated stories in Action Lab’s all-ages detective series, Cash and Carrie, as well contributed illustration work for the Action Lab series, F.O.R.C.E.
If you would like to purchase a copy for yourself, books are available for sale through Freebird's page on Bookshop.org.
For making a donation of The Black Panther Party (along with the other books featured this month) to Books Through Bars, you can purchase a copy here: Black Panther Party/Queen's Gambit/Fischer Teaches Chess (freebirdbooks.com)
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