Episode #29 Black Panthers, Community Activism, and the Angola Three with Holly Genovese

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There's a whole lot more to community activism and the Black Panther Party than what you might know from the iconic photographs - and I speak with Holly Genovese (who by the way has mad time management skillz) about this fascinating group and their efforts supporting the Angola Three in Louisiana.

We discuss: 

  • How on earth Holly manages to do all of the things she does...seriously, she could tell me a thing or two about getting things done. Check out her list of publications.
  • The Free Library of Philadelphia and the Outreach program there
  • Oral history
  • Historical memory and the Black Panther Party - especially the iconic images depicting hyper-masculinity
  • Mass incarceration, prison reform, grass roots activism, and the Angola Three
  • The tradition of black activism in the United States
  • How we might miss the role of activism in the fight for justice for the incarcerated

You can find Holly at her website or on Twitter and Insta...and be sure and jump all over her book recs. I've certainly added them to my list - Body and Soul: The Black Panther Party and the Fight against Medical Discrimination by Alondra Nelson and Framing the Black Panthers: The Spectacular Rise of a Black Power Icon by Jane Rhodes