Murray Pepper and Vicki Reynolds Pepper Distinguished Visiting Artist & Scholar Lecture: Sadie Barnette, Rodney Barnette, and Ericka Huggins in Conversation
An intergenerational conversation with artist Sadie Barnette, community organizer and former Black Panther Rodney Barnette, and community organizer and former Black Panther leader Ericka Huggins, moderated by Pomona College Phebe Estelle Spalding Professor of English Valorie Thomas.
This conversation will examine the emergence and necessity of historical and contemporary Black protest movements and the importance of creativity and caretaking in the process.
During the 1960s and 1970s, both Rodney Barnette and Ericka Huggins were intimately connected to the Black Panther Party—Barnette founded the Compton Chapter, and Huggins was a leader in the Party for fifteen years and director of the renowned Oakland Community School from 1973–1981. As a result of their community organizing and social justice work, they were ruthlessly pursued and criminalized by the State. Through her drawings, sculptures, and installations, Sadie Barnette reclaims and celebrates this history. By doing so, she intervenes into the official narrative, creates new archival knowledge, and opens up a space for hope and imagining for our current moment.
This event is held in conjunction with the exhibition Sadie Barnette: Legacy & Legend, a partnership between Pitzer College Art Galleries and the Benton Museum of Art at Pomona College, and is produced in partnership with the Pitzer College Office of Alumni and Family Engagement.
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