Black Panther Movement Project

Photofusion’s renamed Community Programme has started an exciting new project.

With funding from Heritage Lottery Fund’s ‘Young Roots’ initiative, ‘Organised Youth’ will be running throughout the summer, working towards an exhibition, book and film for launch in October 2013.

Organised Youth will be supported by Photofusion member, Eddie Otchere and Community Programme Manager, Lizzy King. Over the next few months, we’ll be heading out to Lambeth Archives, Black Cultural Archives and Autograph to research and gain a greater understanding of the period between 1968 and 1972 when the British Black Panther Movement was active in the UK, particularly in Brixton.

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The young <a style="font-size:0px;" people on this project have been drawn from Photofusion’s previous community and outreach projects. The project will see all of the young people gain new skills in Oral History interview techniques, curation, photography, filmmaking and archive research.

With these new skills, young people will interview former Panthers, gathering their stories on memories of their time in the British Black Panther Movement. Each interviewed Panther will have their portrait taken by one of the young photographers.

In October (Black History Month), the team will curate an exhibition at Photofusion. Alongside this the group will compile a book, film and website, to serve as a permanent and free education resource. Upon completion, the Oral History archive will be donated to a local public archive.

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Organised Youth’s progress can be charted through their project blog: