How Black history continues to be written in real time

Women of the Black Panther Party mural in West Oakland; designed by Rachel Wolfe-Goldsmith, curated by the West Oakland Mural Project
Photo credit Mallory Somera/KCBS Radio

February marks Black History Month, a nationwide celebration which honors the triumphs and struggles of African Americans in U.S. history.

At the center of those triumphs and struggles have been the leaders of Civil Rights activist groups such as the Black Panther Party, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and the The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

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“Young people need to know about our struggles and the courage that it took. They also need to know the accurate history. These kids, I am proud of…it’s brought me to tears,” said Fredrika Newton, the co-founder and president of the Dr. Huey P. Newton Foundation, and a former member of the Black Panther Party. “It can’t be done out of hate. What motivates people is not great hate but great love. Love is more constant than light. That’s what this Black Panther Party was rooted in.”

How has activism has already worked to mitigate social and racial injustices? What can today’s activist movements learn from Civil Rights leaders of the past to continue this tradition and keep improving American lives?

We’ll dive into these questions this week on Connect the Dots, an Audacy podcast. KCBS Radio’s Melissa Culross is joined by Newton, as well as Atlanta City Council member Michael Julian Bond, son of Civil Rights leader Julian Bond, and Justin Scott Douglas of the Black Star Project in Chicago to explore activism and the past, present and future of Black History.

Bronze bust of Dr. Huey P. Newton in West Oakland, by local artist Dana King.
Bronze bust of Dr. Huey P. Newton in West Oakland, by local artist Dana King. Photo credit Mallory Somera/ KCBS Radio

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