Angela D. 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 experience teaching in the university and in the community, a passion that earned her the Stanford University History Department’s Excellence in First Time Teaching Award. 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. 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).
Current projects include co-producing and co-directing and editing a documentary about the BPP’s Oakland Community School; co-authoring an academic journal article in progress about BPP women and feminism (Fall 2017); contributing popular articles and multi-media projects for the Intersectional Black Panther Party History Project, an organization she co-founded with 3 fellow BPP historians; and, a book manuscript, The End is the Beginning: The History, Women and Community Programs of the Black Panther Party.
LeBlanc-Ernest earned a BA in Afro-American Studies from Harvard University and a MA in U.S. History from Stanford University. She has spent the past 15 years homeschooling her three children while pursuing a career as an Independent Scholar and filmmaker.