All Power to the People, an exhibit celebrating the legacy of the Illinois Chapter of the Black Panther Party, runs February 16 to December 31 at Carter G. Woodson Regional Library in the Harsh Research Collection gallery.
This exhibit documents the leaders within the Illinois Chapter of the Black Panther Party, their survival programs and Chicago partnerships, and examines how the organization was viewed by both the black and white press. While the exhibit briefly discusses the National Black Panther Party, its goal is to bring a greater visibility to the work of the local Illinois chapter.
The exhibit features archival materials from the Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature and items on loan from individual members of the Illinois Chapter of the Black Panther Party. Many of these items have never before been available for public viewing. The exhibit includes a combination of photographs, newspapers, flyers, manuscripts, articles and artifacts.
50 Years Later: Remembering Fred Hampton and Mark Clark: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, December 3 at Woodson Regional Library. Hear from attorneys Jeffrey Haas and Flint Taylor, who represented the families of Hampton and Clark in the marathon civil rights case that followed their deaths in a 1969 police raid on a Panther residence on Chicago’s West Side.
All Power to the People: Exhibit Closing Ceremony: 2 p.m. Saturday, December 21 at Woodson Regional Library. This discussion and celebration of the history of the Illinois Chapter of the Black Panther Party features former members as well as the archivists who curated the exhibit.
Activism & Outreach: 50 Years of the Illinois Chapter of the Black Panther Party: 1 p.m. Saturday, February 16 at Woodson Regional Library. Join us for the exhibit's opening program, reception and tour.