Black Power, Gender and the Black Panther Party


Black Power, Gender and the Black Panther Party


Robyn Spencer



In the long 1960s, African Americans sought to redefine black manhood and womanhood in the face of feminist social movements, radical political change and anti-colonial global upheavals. The Black Panther Party’s gender politics provides an evocative case study to analyze the potential and limitations of challenging sexism and misogyny in the Black Power movement. A book sale and signing will follow the presentation.

This program is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues and a Civic Learning and Engagement Initiative Grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and co-sponsored by the Women’s & Gender Resource Center, the Popel Shaw Center for Race & Ethnicity, and the departments of American studies and women’s, gender & sexuality studies. It is part of the Clarke Forum’s semester theme, Masculinities.

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African American, Black Panther Party, Black Power


African American Studies | Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies | Race, Ethnicity and Post-Colonial Studies

Black Power, Gender and the Black Panther Party