Power to the People: The World of the Black Panthers
In words and photographs, here is the story of the controversial Black Panther Party, founded in 1966 by Bobby Seale and Huey P. Newton. The words are Seale's, with contributions from Kathleen Cleaver and many others; the photographs, which capture range from the party's charismatic leaders to its daily work in African American communities, are by Stephen Shames, who also provides an introduction. Published on the 50th anniversary of the party's founding, Power to the People describes the struggles and celebrates the achievements of the only radical political party in America to make a difference in the struggle for civil rights.
Stephen Shames is one of America's leading photographers dealing with social issues. Describing his work, the New York Times said, "Mr. Shames follows in the honoured tradition of Jacob Riis and Lewis Hine." He lives in New York City. Bobby Seale was the chairman of the Black Panther Party during its most vital years. He is the author of Seize the Time: The Story of the Black Panther Party and Huey P. Newton (1970). He lives in Vallejo, California.