Film - Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution

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Wednesday February 10

5:30 PM  –  8:30 PM

Come join the Ali Center and KET for a FREE Indie Lens Pop-Up screening of 

The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution


Change was coming to America and the fault lines could no longer be ignored—cities were burning, Vietnam was exploding, and disputes raged over equality and civil rights. A new revolutionary culture was emerging and it sought to drastically transform the system. The Black Panther Party for Self-Defense would, for a short time, put itself at the vanguard of that change.

THE BLACK PANTHERS: VANGUARD OF THE REVOLUTION is the first feature length documentary to explore the Black Panther Party, its significance to the broader American culture, its cultural and political awakening for black people, and the painful lessons wrought when a movement derails. Master documentarian Stanley Nelson goes straight to the source, weaving a treasure trove of rare archival footage with the voices of the people who were there: police, FBI informants, journalists, white supporters and detractors, and Black Panthers who remained loyal to the party and those who left it. Featuring Kathleen Cleaver, Jamal Joseph, and many others, THE BLACK PANTHERS: VANGUARD OF THE REVOLUTION is an essential history and a vibrant chronicle of this pivotal movement that birthed a new revolutionary culture in America.

Introduction to the film by local historian and activist Walter Hutchins.

Walter Hutchins has become a respected authority on the city's black history since moving here in 1990. In 1992, he began publishing the African-American History Month Cultural Events Calendar, now distributed free each year throughout the community, listing special events and films, lectures, plays and commemorative services scheduled for Black History Month.

Hutchins also developed tours of sites important in Louisville's black history, including a three-hour bus tour of points from Smoketown through downtown to Parkland and back to Portland, touching on the significance of places like the site of 1968 race riots in Parkland, Broadway Temple AME Church, the Chestnut Street YMCA and the Louisville Free Public Library's Western Branch. 

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When: Thursday - January 14th @ 6:00PM (Doors open @ 5:30PM)

Where: The Muhammad Ali Center Auditorium - 144 N. 6th Street