Bobby Seale (Co-founder) of the BPP will be the keynote speaker at the Legacy Dinner along with special guest Father Earl Neil our former Minister of Religion, who helped start the Free Breakfast Program for School Children in West Oakland in 1969.
(Check OUR STORIES for more info on Father Neil)



The Oakland Public Library, Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame and Laney College join together to Promote Black Panther History.

Black Panther Party (BPP) History Month is set for October, the month the organization was founded in Oakland in 1966 by Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale.

The Oakland Public Library and It's About Time will co- sponsor the Black Panther Party Photo Exhibit during the entire month of October, 2002. The exhibit will cover the growth and development of the BPP in Oakland; including the famous Rallies to Free Huey at the Alameda County Courthouse, the Free Breakfast for Schoolchildren Program, Sickle Cell Anemia Testing, Free Food Giveaways, Voter Registration and the SAFE program, a senior escort service. Most of the photos will be on display in the Oakland History Room of the Main Library downtown.

Photos will also be on display at the West Oakland Library at 18th and Adeline and The Martin Luther King Branch on 69th and E. 14th St. in East Oakland. Over 75 photographs from the It's About Time Archives will be on display.

It's About Time, in conjunction with the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame, will also host the First West Coast Black Panther Video and Film Festival on October 18th and 19th at Laney College. A number of documentaries about the BPP, its programs, members and the FBI's program to destroy the Party will be shown. Some of these videos will be shown for the first time on the west coast. A donation of $10 a day is requested. All proceeds will go to support our ongoing programs.

Other activities will include a BPP Legacy Dinner on October 19th at Geoffrey's Inner Circle for all former BPP members, community workers and supporters. The dinner will highlight the many achievements of the Black Panther Party in Oakland by its rank and file membership and certificates of recognition will be awarded.

The 2-Pac Youth Conference will be held Saturday, October 5th, at Castlemont High School. There will also be an evening of Spoken Word at the Java House at 3306 Lakeshore. Other events will be announced on our website: or call (916) 455-0908.

It's About Time is an organization of former BPP members and supporters who recently hosted the 35th Year Anniversary Reunion Conference in Washington DC.

We are a non-profit 501c3 corporation. Tax-deductible donations for our Newsletter, Books Behind Bars and other programs can be made to:

It's About Time, PO Box 221100, Sacramento, CA 95522

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