Perspectives at OMCA | Two Generations of Black Struggle

Saturday, January 21, 2017, 2 pm
Saturday, January 21, 2017 - 2:00pm

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The day after the new US President is sworn in, Bobby Seale, the co-founder of the Black Panther Party, will share his stories, his reflections, and his strategies of the politics of the revolution with Oakland poet, educator, playwright, and screenwriter Chinaka Hodge. Hear from these two speakers whose experience includes a range of cultural and political work as they share their perspectives on the past and present iterations of Black struggle in the US and Oakland.

After the talk, join Bobby Seale at the OMCA Store for a book signing. 


Bobby Seale is the original 1966 Founding Chairman & National Organizer of the Black Panther Party (BPP), USA. Defining himself as a revolutionary humanist, Seale has remained a social change activist for over 50 years. Seale began his African and African American history research advocacy in the 1962 spring semester at Merritt College in Oakland California. Seale continues to network with many former BPP members across the US and continues to hold Advisory Board member status in the National Alumni Association of the Black Panther Party (NAABPP) and East Side Arts Alliance.

Chinaka Hodge ​is a poet, educator playwright and screenwriter. Originally from Oakland, California, she graduated from NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study in May of 2006, and was honored to be the student speaker at the 174​th Commencement exercise. Chinaka was a 2012 Artist in Residence at The Headlands Center for the Arts in Marin, CA. In early 2013, Hodge was a Sundance Feature Film lab Fellow for her script, 700th & Int’l.​ Since its early days, Chinaka has served in various capacities at Youth Speaks/The Living Word Project, the nation’s leading literary arts nonprofit. During her tenure there, Hodge served as Program Director, Associate Artistic Director, and worked directly with Youth Speaks’ core population as a teaching artist and poet mentor. Her poems, editorials, interviews and prose have been featured in N​ewsweek, San Francisco Magazine, Believer Magazine,​ P​BS,​ N​PR, CNN, CSpan, a​nd in two seasons of H​BO’s Def Poetry.

Seating is limited. Advance tickets required.

Tickets: $18 OMCA Members, $20 public. Gallery admission purchased separately.


1000 Oak Street
Oakland, CA 95607