Humanities in Class: Webinar Series

Global Call of Power to the People

Lead Scholar: Jakobi Williams (Fellow, 2016–17; Ruth N. Halls Associate Professor and Chair, Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies and Department of History, Indiana University)

January 20, 2022

How did the Black Panther Party influence the world? We will examine the monumental impact of the Black Panther Party (BPP) on non-African American groups both domestically and abroad as a model for grassroots community organizing to address disparities and disadvantages. Moreover, the lesson will demonstrate why and how groups emulated the BPP as a means for political and social change and will highlight the transnational importance of African American grassroots political activism. Global Call of Power to the People is a study of groups in Great Britain, New Zealand, Australia, Israel, Palestine, Italy, and India that did not have any direct contact with the BPP but chose to create movements in their countries modeled after the Panthers grassroots community organizing and racial coalition strategies.

Subjects: History; African American History; Black Panther Party; Activism; Grassroots Movements