In Conversation: Black Power Now

Sunday, March 10, 2019, 2–3:30 pm
Sunday, March 10, 2019 - 2:00pm


Join us for a panel discussion on the Black Power movement and its lasting impact on Oakland's arts, culture, and community. This panel will feature Ericka Huggins, a former leading member of the Black Panther Party, Mwende Hinojosa, production manager at Reveal News, Ra Malika Imhotep, Black feminist writer, and Malkia Devich-Cyril, the founder and executive director of the Center for Media Justice. Be sure to visit Black Power, our newest gallery addition illustrating the ways Black anti-racist activists in California supported their communities and challenged the U.S. government.

Tickets are $20 for general admission and $16 for Members. 

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Ericka Huggins
Ericka Huggins is an educator, former Black Panther Party member, political prisoner, human rights activist, and poet. For 35 years, Ericka has lectured in the United States and internationally on human rights, restorative justice, and the role of spiritual practice in sustaining activism and promoting social change. Ericka was a professor of Sociology and African American Studies in 2014 and 2015 at Merritt College, the home of the Black Panther Party. There she co-created and taught a course titled “The Black Panther Party-Strategies for Organizing The People.” In 2016, in recognition of the 50th Anniversary of the Black Panther Party, Ericka regularly traveled to speak on campuses and in community about the importance of an inclusive grassroots movement that honors the voices of youth.



Ra Malika Imhotep
Ra Malika Imhotep is a Black feminist writer from Atlanta, Georgia currently pursuing a doctoral degree in African Diaspora Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. She is the 2019 Omi Arts Creative Arts Practice artist-in-residence at Ashara Ekundayo Gallery in Oakland. She is co-convener of the experiential study group, The Church of Black Feminist Thought, and a member of the curatorial collective The Black Aesthetic.





Malkia Devich-Cyril
Malkia Devich-Cyril is the founder and executive director of the Center for Media Justice and co-founder of the Media Action Grassroots Network, a national network of community-based organizations working to ensure racial and economic justice in a digital age. Devich-Cyril is one of few leaders of color in the movement for digital rights and freedom, and a leader in the Black Lives Matter Network, helping to bring important technical safeguards and surveillance countermeasures to people across the country who are fighting to reform systemic racism and violence in law enforcement.

Devich-Cyril is also a prolific writer and public speaker on issues ranging from net neutrality to the communication rights of prisoners. Their comments have been featured in publications like Politico, Motherboard, Essence Magazine, and three documentary films -- most recently the Oscar nominated film by Ava DuVernay, 13TH. Devich-Cyril is a recipient of the 2012 Donald H. McGannon Award for work to advance the roles of women and people of color in the media reform movement, a 2013 Prime Movers fellow, winner of the 2015 Hugh Hefner 1st Amendment Award for framing net neutrality as a civil rights issue, winner of the 2016 Electronic Frontier Pioneer award, and a 2017 Root 100 and YBCA 100 honoree.



Mwende Hinojosa
Mwende Hinojosa is currently the Production Manager of Reveal, a podcast through the Center for Investigative Reporting and the Producer for Woven Path Media.

She's produced news spots and long form stories for public radio, videos and mini-documentaries for non-profits, interactive panel discussions, and immersive storytelling experiences for tech. Her radio work has aired on PRI’s Living on Earth, KUOW Seattle Public Radio, KQED Public Radio, KALW Local Public Radio, WAMU, Vocolo.org, and PRX Remix. Mwende's work has taken her to the living rooms of former Black Panthers, to brain surgery operating rooms in Bolivia, and to the largest gathering of indigenous food producers in the world. She graduated from the Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington.