Fifty years ago, Stokely Carmichael first publicly uttered the phrase “Black Power” at a rally during the March Against Fear in Mississippi. Four months later, the Black Panther Party was founded in Oakland, Calif., kicking off the movement to secure empowerment and improve the standing of black people in the United States. Today, Black Lives Matter has become a movement advocating for dignity, justice, and respect in the wake of social and judicial tragedies occurring in America. To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Black Power movement, Say it Loud! The African American Employee Affinity Group presents a panel discussion of distinguished guests from revolutionary movements of the past and present. Moderated by journalist & author A’Lelia Bundles, panelists will include Congressman Bobby Rush (D-IL); Ericka Brown-Abram, daughter of former chair of the Black Panther Party, Elaine Brown and author of Black Panther Princess; Alicia Garza, Co-Founder, Black Lives Matter; Jakobi Williams, Ph. D., Associate Professor of History at Indiana University-Bloomington; and Princess L. Black, activist and historian.
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