Oakland Maroons Art Collective Presents:
“The Point is…: Art Representing the Relevance of the Black Panther Party’s 10 Point program in the 21st century ”
Open for viewing by appointment for the month of October is a showing of images in multiple media on the theme of the Black Panther Party’s community 10 point platform. The 10 point program was drafted by Huey P. Newton and Bobbie Seale in Oakland California in October of 1966 as a set of demands and precepts addressed to the government of the United States. Each of these points has been interpreted by the artists of the Oakland Maroons Art Collective (OMAC) along with two of the original Black Panthers.
Amongst the artists represented in this show are Emory Douglass – the original Minister of Culture for the BPP – and Tarika Lewis – the first woman to join the Black Panther Party. Both of these artists were responsible for developing some of the earliest imagery for the BPP via its newspaper. Emory Douglass presence in this show is particularly notable because of his seminal contributions to the West Coast Black Arts Movement via his theater set designs. The presence of his work in this show is significant for OMAC because the collective views itself as the continuation of the Black Arts Movement in the 21st century.
OMAC artists represented in this show are Refa1, Duane Deterville,
Karen Seneferu, Malik Seneferu, Eesuu Orundide, Chris Herod and