On Tuesday my department at Nottingham Trent University (NTU) hosted a guest speaker Bob Brown, for a discussion on the topic ‘Studying Society and Serving the Community’. About 60 people attended and there was a lot of interest in what Bob had to say. Here’s a video of the talk and a brief introduction from myself (apologies for quality, the filming was quite ad hoc), and below that is a description of the event.
The Black Panther Party made a historic contribution to the struggle for black liberation. Its lasting impact can be seen, in our understandings of racism, capitalism and the state, in the free breakfast programmes, sickle cell anaemia testing and other social programmes it initiated, and in the political consciousness of millions of people who continue to take inspiration from its example.
Bob Brown was a founding member of the Illinois Chapter of the Black Panther Party in 1968-69, and since then he has worked with and supported hundreds of progressive and revolutionary movements, organizations and governments in every corner of Africa, the African Diaspora and the World. The Department of Sociology is pleased to welcome Bob to NTU, as part of a speaking tour organised by the All-African People’s Revolutionary Party (Guinea-Conakry) and the Pan-Afrikan Society Community Forum (UK).