Thursday, February 11, 2010

Elbert "Big Man" Howard and Billy X Jennings: Black August

Freedom is a Constant Struggle TV Show, August 7, 2009


Elbert “Big Man” Howard, author, lecturer and activist, is one of the six founding members of the BPP who was Deputy Minister of Information and Editor of the Black Panther Newspaper. He authored Panther on the Prowl, Each One Teach One, and wrote the forward for Up Against The Wall by Curtis Austin. He currently lives in Sonoma County where he helped found the PACH, Police Accountability Clinic and Helpline, in Santa Rosa.

Billy X Jennings, Black Panther Party Historian, is one of the original Oakland Panthers who joined the Party in 1968 at age 17. Billy has been the primary organizer of It's About Time BPP/Alumni Committee reunions beginning in 1996. He has traveled far and wide putting on programs and exhibits to keep the BPP legacy alive, including the famous Yerba Buena Center for the Arts exhibit of 2006 in San Francisco. He's also active in the struggle to free our political prisoners.

As many of you know, August 7, 1970 was the date we commemorate every Black August. when young Jonathan Jackson raided the Marin Courthouse in an armed attempt to free the Soledad Brothers and expose to the world the atrocities being committed against Black men behind prison walls. For more information, go here.

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