Tune into Arts in the Valley as host Kim McMillon interviews David Hilliard, a founder member and Chief of Staff of the Black Panther Party, and UC Merced’s Producing Manager Gail Benedict about this Saturday’s production of Black n Blue Boys/Broken Men.
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David Hilliard, a founding member and Chief of Staff of the Black Panther Party, is an incomparable authority on the life, legacy, and intellectual history of Black Panther leader Huey P. Newton. Indeed, no other scholar of or direct participant in the Black Liberation Movement of the 1960s and 1970s offers a more intimate understanding of Newton’s activism and ideas. First as childhood classmates and later as young adult comrades in the African-American freedom struggle, Hilliard enjoyed a close association with Newton that endured throughout the Black Panther leader’s lifetime.
Hilliard is author of the book, This Side of Glory, a compelling personal narrative and electrifying eyewitness account of the Black Panther Party, which highlights Newton’s fearless crusade against police brutality and other examples of social injustice. Hilliard’s life story dramatically illuminates this revolutionary movement and explains much of the U.S.’s present racial and political troubles. Hilliard’s thoughtful, well-balanced insights into Newton’s complex personality dramatizes the contradictions between the revolutionary icon and the private citizen.
By the early 1970s, the Black Panthers were a nationwide/global organization providing free food, medicine, and legal services to the inner city poor. Hilliard’s book provides a first-hand account of Huey Newton’s shoot-out, the killing of Fred Hampton, how money was raised and spent, the sexual mores of the Panthers, and how illegal activities erupted and were controlled. The Panthers, once labeled, “the greatest threat to the internal security of the United States,” by FBI Director, J. Edgar Hoover, began to dissolve as police raids, gun battles, IRS investigations, trials, and prison terms decimated their ranks. Covert tactics turned Panthers against each other. What the government had not destroyed, the Panthers finished themselves.
Hilliard is currently at work on the first ever biography of the Black Panther leader, Huey, the Spirit of the Panther, to be published in 2005 by Thunder’s Mouth Press.
Since 1993, David Hilliard has directed the activities of the Dr. Huey P. Newton Foundation, a grass-roots community-based non-profit organization committed to preserving and fostering Newton’s intellectual legacy. The Foundation has collected Newton’s writings covering the Huey P. Newton Reader, (Seven Stories, 2002), and his early work, To Die for the People, in addition to reissuing Newton’s autobiography, Revolutionary Suicide. A photographic history of the Party, The Legacy of the Panthers, has also been published. Hilliard’s work with the Foundation has been featured in The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, and The Los Angeles Times, as well as on National Public Radio and the Pacifica Radio Network.
Now an internationally recognized authority on Newton and the Black Panther Party, David Hilliard teaches at Merritt College, Laney College, and New College, and lectures frequently throughout the United States. He was an advisor on the feature film, “Panther,” and on the Spike Lee-produced, “A Huey P. Newton Story.”
For more information, visit http://www.blackpanther.org.
To listen to Gail Benedict discuss the production of Black n Blue Boys/Broken Men, click onto the link:uc merced
“Black n Blue Boys / Broken Men”
BY | Dael Orlandersmith
Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013, 7:30 pm
UC Merced’s Dr. Lakireddy Auditorium
GAIL BENEDICT, Producing Manager
DUNYA RAMICOVA, Artistic Manager
“Black n Blue Boys / Broken Men”
runs 90 minutes with no intermission.
Audience members are invited to stay after
the performance for a discussion with the
artist and a panel of experts.
Not suitable for children under the age of 16
Dael Orlandersmith previously collaborated with the Goodman on “Stoop Stories”
during the 2009/2010 season. Orlandersmith first performed “Stoop Stories” in 2008
at The Public Theater’s Under the Radar Festival and Apollo Theater’s Salon Series;
Washington, DC’s, Studio Theatre produced its world premiere in 2009.
“Black n Blue Boys/Broken Men” was developed as a co-commission between the
Goodman and Berkeley Repertory Theatre, where it was staged in May 2012. Her play
“Horsedreams” was developed at New Dramatists and workshopped at New York Stage
and Film Company in 2008. It was performed at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater in
2011. “Bones” was commissioned by the Mark Taper Forum where it premiered in 2010.
Orlandersmith premiered “The Blue Album,” in collaboration with David Cale, at Long
Wharf Theatre in 2007.
“Yellowman” was commissioned by and premiered at McCarter Theatre in a co-production
with The Wilma Theater and Long Wharf Theatre. Orlandersmith was a Pulitzer
Prize finalist and Drama Desk Award nominee for Outstanding Play and Outstanding
Actress in a Play for “Yellowman” in 2002. “The Gimmick,” commissioned by McCarter
Theatre, premiered in its Second Stage OnStage series in 1998 and went on to great
acclaim at Long Wharf Theatre and New York Theatre Workshop; Orlandersmith won
the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize for “The Gimmick” in 1999.
Her play “Monster” premiered at New York Theatre Workshop in November 1996. Orlandersmith
has toured extensively with the Nuyorican Poets Café (Real Live Poetry)
throughout the United States, Europe and Australia. “Yellowman” and a collection of
her earlier works have been published by Vintage Books and Dramatists Play Service.
Orlandersmith attended Sundance Institute Theatre Lab for four summers and is the
recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts Grant, The Helen Merrill Award for
Emerging Playwrights, a Guggenheim and the 2005 PEN/Laura Pels Foundation Award
for a playwright in mid-career. She is the recipient of a Lucille Lortel Foundation Playwrights
Fellowship and an Obie Award for “Beauty’s Daughter.”
PANEL PARTICIPANTS WITH DAEL ORLANDERSMITH AFTER PLAY
KIM MCMILLON, moderator
KATIE BROKAW, professor of literature
LINDA CAMERON, professor of psychology
DAVID LOCKRIDGE, founder and executive director, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE)