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Black Panther Party co-founder to join Ohlone discussion

'Pioneers of the Civil Rights Era' talk is part of college's annual Unity Week

From Staff Reports .

Sunday, May 6, 2007—Reprinted from Inside Bay Area: The Argus.

Longtime Oakland resident Bobby Seale, a co-founder of the Black Panther Party in the volatile 1960s, is set to take part in Ohlone College's "Pioneers of the Civil Rights Era" discussion from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday.

The militant Panthers demanded social justice for black Americans and at one time boasted 5,000 members before being probed and eventually dispersed by the FBI and local law enforcement.

Seale was tried as one of the "Chicago Eight," who were accused of conspiring to incite a riot at the 1968 Democratic convention in Chicago. More recently, he founded R.E.A.C.H. to teach community organizing to young people.

The event is free and is scheduled in the Smith Center's Jackson Theatre at the college, 43600 Mission Blvd.

The discussion is part of the campus's annual Unity Week, running Monday through Friday, and will include ethnic studies professors from Ohlone, the University of California, Berkeley, and San Francisco State University.

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