AGENTS OF CHANGE: Black Panther Party 10 Point Film Program


5. We Want Education For Our People That Exposes The True Nature Of This Decadent American Society. We Want Education That Teaches Us Our True History And Our Role In The Present-Day Society.

Arts Bank Cinema is proud to present the BPP Ten Point Program Film Series, hosted the first Sunday of each month in partnership with members of the IL Chapter of the Black Panther Party. Each month’s program will use cinema and dialogue to explore one point of the Black Panther Party’s ten point platform. Facilitated community discussions centering activism, resistance, and the ongoing struggle will be held following the films. For June, we explore point five, about just education, through the following titles:

Saving Walter Dyett (2016) 13 mins – The fight for Bronzeville’s last neighborhood high school.

Agents of Change (2017) 66 mins – From the well-publicized events at San Francisco State in 1968 to the image of black students with guns emerging from the takeover of the student union at Cornell University in April, 1969, the struggle for a more relevant and meaningful education, including demands for black and ethnic studies programs, became a clarion call across the country in the late 1960’s. Through the stories of these young men and women who were at the forefront of these efforts, This film examines the untold story of the racial conditions on college campuses and in the country that led to these protests.

*Community Activists and Organizers involved with Black Student Unions (BSU) including local institutions Dyett H.S and Malcolm X College will be present during the screening and post-discussion.

This screening is free and open to the public. Please RSVP here.