Showdown in Desire: The Black Panthers Take a Stand in New Orleans. There were some great questions from the audience before I launched into a reading of the Piety street shootout from the point of view of a Panther and of a black cop same age as the Panther. Panther activism in the city occurred in three different waves between 1968 and 1974. Furthermore, the work fills a void in the historiography on the Black Panther party, as very few works examine southern chapters of the party. She also included interviews with two black undercover police officers, who infiltrated the New Orleans chapter by posing as party members.
© 2010 by The University Press of Mississippi. He is the editor of Black Panther Party Reconsidered. Panther affiliates also formed in sparsely blackpopulated cities such as Des Moines, Iowa, and Seattle, Washington. The author's objective, which she accomplishes, is to allow former participants to tell the story of the New Orleans Panthers to provide a more holistic perspective of the party and the issues racism, police brutality, and poverty that it combated. Our children and grandchildren are depending on it, and we must set the example. By allowing these individuals to tell their own powerful stories, unaltered, what unfolds is a well compiled, mesmerizing oral history that opens our eyes not only to conditions as they existed for those people but also how those participants perceived themselves.
The only one I had interviewed was the Chief. The Black Panther Party set an example that had not been seen before. Bagert, evicted the New Orleans Black Panthers from their first headquarters near what was then the St. In addition, the author tells this story to generate greater awareness of a post-Katrina New Orleans that is still ravaged by the same problems that the Panthers fought forty years ago. You can change your cookie settings at any time. This story begins with an unlikely friendship between an Uptown woman buying pralines for a Thanksgiving family gathering and a praline-maker who was freed from Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola as one of the famous Angola 3.
Gambit Weekly, July 5, 2005. Journal of American History Oxford Academic Citation Andrew Witt; Showdown in Desire: The Black Panthers Take a Stand in New Orleans. Showdown in Desire: The Black Panthers Take a Stand in New Orleans. Here are some photos of the audience gathered in front of the Maple Street Book Shop for the reading, which was held on the front porch of the traditional New Orleans shotgun-turned-bookshop. Showdown in Desire: The Black Panthers Take a Stand in New Orleans, Charles E. The rematch ; This time we ain't movin' ; The massacre that almost occurred ; The day after the standoff, revelations in a pig's eye, kinship, and luck ; Double dirty tricks ; The year after: did the Panthers make a difference or were the people tricked as usual? All this happened less than 40 years ago but has somehow faded from public consciousness. Moving, informative, and in places side-splittingly funny, Showdown in Desire restores to Technicolor memory a chapter of civil rights history too often neglected.
Through interviews with Malik Rahim, the Panther; Robert H. Arend's interviews range from former Panthers to high-ranking city officials to police officers including two who infiltrated the party. The book signing and reading couldn't have been held on a more perfect Spring day in New Orleans. You can change your cookie settings at any time. He graces many of its pages as a primary hero. Would I pass that on to Malik? Do not read Showdown in Desire if you want to remain ignorant of how New Orleans barely escaped what could have become the bloodiest chapter in the history of the city. Through interviews with Malik Rahim, the Panther; Robert H.
The author's objective, which she accomplishes, is to allow former participants to tell the story of the New Orleans Panthers to provide a more holistic perspective of the party and the issues racism, police brutality, and poverty that it combated. During that confrontation, Henry Faggen was a real hero. Showdown in Desire: The Black Panthers Take a Stand in New Orleans, Charles E. About the Author Orissa Arend is a mediator, freelance journalist, and psychotherapist in private practice in New Orleans. New Orleans is a small town smaller than it used to be. You served your Creator well and inspired many others to try to do the same.
This essay examines the origins, nature of membership, leadership, activities, and government response to the three Panther iterations in Houston. Arend started out by compiling some interviews for a column she wrote for in the Louisiana Weekly, but this book miraculously developed into what is a most lovingly, painstakingly preserved original form of extremely irreplaceable oral histories. Fayetteville: University of Arkansas Press, 2009. Arend sheds a piercing light which scrutinizes, illuminates and explains the reasons why the Black Panther Party offered so much hope — through their community-based programs, such as their Free Breakfast Programs, and their belief in defending their communities, through their political education classes, and because of their beliefs that power belonged to the people and that the needs of the people must be served. The author's objective, which she accomplishes, is to allow former participants to tell the story of the New Orleans Panthers to provide a more holistic perspective of the party and the issues racism, police brutality, and poverty that it combated. But here he is in above photo by photographer Nifme Rinaldi Nun at the 2003 forum at the Ashe Cultural Arts Center, radiant, energized, and finally able to tell it all. This photo of Althea Francois and Malik Rahim from the book was taken at the community forum held in 2003 at the Ashé Cultural Center.
Showdown in Desire portrays the Black Panther Party in New Orleans in 1970, a year that included a shootout with the police on Piety Street, the creation of survival programs, and the daylong standoff between the Panthers and the police in the Desire housing development. He is the author of Up Against the Wall: Violence in the Making and Unmaking of the Black Panther Party University of Arkansas Press. King is the only one of the Angola 3 to have been released from prison. Jones Introduction by Curtis J. Jones is associate professor and founding chair of the Department of African-American Studies at Georgia State University.
For more photos of this and other events, see. Furthermore, the work fills a. Arend's monograph revolves around a series of shootouts and near shootouts between the Black Panthers and the New Orleans police that occurred in 1970, incidents that took place in and around the Desire neighborhood and its public housing development where the Panthers had established their headquarters. Where have all the Panthers gone? As several of his 73 great grand children proudly took the booklet to school to present at assembly, he beamed. The E-mail message field is required. So like Henry Faggen to be thinking about his friends and responsibilities right up until the end. Orissa Arend University of Arkansas Press The Black Panther Party existed from 1966 to 1982, but in that relatively short existence, the party gained national prominence and international stature.