M. Gayle (Asali) Dickson is a graphic artist whose work appeared on the back covers of the Black Panther Party newspaper from 1972-1974. She also was a pre-school and art teacher at the BPP’s Oakland Community School from 1974-1976. She spends time in this clip discussing her work and the process the team of BPP graphic artists used when working on creating the artwork that accompanied each issue of the Party newspaper, alternately known as The Black Panther and The Black Panther Intercommunal News Service, published from April 1967-September 1980.
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 has delivered archivist lectures and was guest speaker at The University of Puget Sound and most recently has collaborated with the UC Berkeley History Social Science Project to lead an educator workshop on "Teaching Black Panther Party History." Her book review of historian Ashley Farmer's Remaking Black Power was published by the African American Intellectual History Society (April 2018), and will be published by the Journal of Civil and Human Rights (Dec 2018). 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.