Former Black Panther Ericka Huggins Talks About Race Relations and The Black Power Mixtape

Ericka Huggins

In 2007, Swedish filmmaker Göran Hugo Olsson found film that had been shot for Swedish television chronicling the Black Power movement in the United States. The documentary he made from that, The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 (co-produced by San Francisco actor Danny Glover), takes footage, for example, of Angela Davis being interviewed in prison, and Stokely Carmichael asking his mother about the racism his father faced. He puts it together with commentary by contemporary people such as singers Eryka Badu and Harry Belafonte, and the founder of The Last Poets, Abiodun Oyewole.

The film opens today (Friday) at the Embarcadero Center Cinema.

Ericka Huggins, a professor of women's studies at California State University East Bay, joined the Black Panther Party when she was 18. She ran a school and was the first woman and first black person to serve on the Alameda County Board of Education. Huggins, living now in Oakland, talks about how refreshing it is to see the Black Power movement through foreign eyes, Huey Newton's support of women's rights, and how the March on Washington changed her.

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