Twenty- seven years ago I began my journey researching Black Panther Party history. My specific interest at the time was women in the Party and the BPP’s community Survival Programs. I returned to Oakland during January 2017 to see the historic exhibit honoring the Party’s 50 year anniversary at the Oakland Museum of California. The exhibit, which opened during October 2016 closes today, having been extended due to the popularity. I consider myself blessed to have attended. I happened to capture photos and video of moments of the tour on that day and I have edited a short clip. It was a special day for me. I hope you enjoy it.
Angela LeBlanc-Ernest has authored award-winning research that has been published in books, academic journals and encyclopedias such as The Black Panther Party [Re]Considered, The Socialist Review, Black Women in the United States: An Historical Encyclopedia, Organizing Black America, and The Philosophy of Education: An Encyclopedia. Her Harvard senior honors thesis received funding from sources as varied as Harvard Law School, the Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America (Radcliffe College), and the Ford Foundation. Her thesis, “Servants of the People: A History of Women in the Black Panther Party,” won the Afro-American Studies Department Katherine Ann Huggins Senior Honors Thesis Prize. During graduate school, her research twice received Honorable Mention from the Ford Foundation. Her work also was awarded Mellon Foundation funding and received the prestigious Nathan Huggins-Benjamin Quarles Award from the Organization of American Historians. LeBlanc-Ernest has taught both in the university and in the community, a passion that she continues today. She has spent many years employed by and researching in the archives of major universities such as Tulane University, Harvard University and Stanford University. LeBlanc-Ernest was the first scholar allowed access to the Black Panther Party’s Dr. Huey P. Newton Foundation Records at Stanford University, functioning as a consultant in the early stages of the archival process. She soon became founding director of the Black Panther Party Research Project from 1996-1999, housed at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute at Stanford University, where she trained undergraduates, graduate students and community members to conduct historical research in the BPP papers. LeBlanc-Ernest has presented her scholarship at numerous conferences, has guest lectured and been a keynote speaker at numerous academic institutions such as The Ohio State University, Stanford University, CUNY Brooklyn, and UC Berkeley. Also, she consulted on several film projects: “The Magic Theater: A Huey P. Newton Story” (1995), “No Man’s Land” (1996), and Officer Tsukamoto” (2006). Her most recent scholarly projects include: a book chapter co-authored with Ericka Huggins, former leading BPP member, “Revolutionary Women, Revolutionary Education: The Black Panther Party's Oakland Community School” in Want to Start a Revolution in Radical Women in the Black Freedom Struggle (2009); a co-authored journal article with fellow BPP historian, Mary Phillips, “The Hidden Narratives: Recovering and (Re)Visioning the Community Activism of Men in the Black Panther Party” Spectrum: A Journal on Black Men (October 2016); an IPHP co-authored article in Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture and Society titled "Ode to Our Feminist Foremothers: The Intersectional Black Panther Party History Project on Collaborative Praxis and Fifty Years of Panther History (January 2017). As a member of IPHP she has appeared recently at the University of Chicago as well as the Schomburgh Center's Conversations in Black Freedom Studies Series. She is working on forthcoming book reviews for the African American Intellectual History Society's blog, Black Perspectives, and for the Journal of Civil and Human Rights. Additionally, she has begun a yearlong blog series about the BPP's Community Programs, titled 52 Weeks of Survival, hosted on angelaleblancernest.com site. Finally, she is co-producing and directing a documentary about the BPP’s Oakland Community School. LeBlanc-Ernest earned a BA in Afro-American Studies from Harvard University and a MA in U.S. History from Stanford University.