Merritt College: Home of the Black Panthers

When: Fri., Oct. 17, 8 p.m. 2008

The formation of the Black Panther Party at Oakland's MerrittCollege forty years ago has become an indispensable part of the city's history, oft-revisited in art exhibits, speech reenactments, and commemorative events. These tributes arrive with honorable intentions but are often riddled with error, since they rely too heavily on urban folklore or secondary source materials. Filmmakers at PeraltaCommunity College say they have an antidote. This week, the community college's cable network, Peralta TV, will unveil a new Black Panther documentary that promises to be the real deal. It was filmed right where all the action took place and features exclusive footage, archival materials, and interviews with surviving members of the Black Panther party. By virtue of location and access, the filmmakers say they are specially positioned to deliver an authoritative history of the Panthers. You be the judge. MerrittCollege: Home of the Black Pantherspremieres Friday, Oct. 17 at the Oakland Museum of California (1000 Oak St.). 8 p.m., free. 510-466-7373.

Rachel Swan

Price: free

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