Panther in Africa
with Guest Seaker and Former Black Panther Mama Charlotte
April 2nd, 2011 in Cambridge,Massachuetts
Pete O'Neal, Black Panther in Kansas City , was arrested on October 30, 1969 for transporting a gun across state lines. A year later, O'Neal with his wife, Charlotte Hill ONeal, aka Mama C, fled the United States and eventually settled in Tanzania , where he still lives in exile.
The African Cultural Society of St. Paul AME Church is showing A Panther in Africa on Saturday, April 2, 2011 at 4:00pm in the Christian Life Center , 85 Bishop Allen Drive in Cambridge.
Charlotte Hill ONeal and Pete ONeal are the subjects of the award winning PBS documentary about the lives and activism of the former Black Panthers. Mama Charlotte Hill ONeal will join us and will speak about her experience in the Black Panther Party and as co-founder of the United African American Community Center (UAACC), a non-profit NGO in Arusha, Tanzania with a mission to provide programs and projects for the enrichment of the Arusha community, both urban and rural, and to promote closer cultural ties to communities in America and around the world.
Mama C is an artist, poet, musician, community activist, and co- director of the UAACC. As a member of the Black Panther Party, I was taught the importance of building international solidarity among all people while honoring my Ancestral roots. That philosophy has never changed. Many of my poems and songs reflect this burning desire and mission to spread peace, love and unity through my art, Mama C reflects.
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The Black Panther Party rose to power in the late 60s to uphold self determination and collective vision offering programs such as the Free Breakfast for Children and Free Health Clinics. Pete and Charlotte are proud to have been a part of that historic chapter of American history. Our present day community outreach service continues to be informed by our time as Black Panthers, Pete acknowledges. Our work is truly a continuation of the work we did as members of the Black Panther Party!
The program is sponsored by the African Cultural Society of St. Paul AME Church and the Boston Pan-African Forum with support from Boston University African Studies Center Outreach Program.