Nov 14 2011
We remember the Black Panther Party today as the most potent symbol of organizational militant Black power in the 70s. But few know the emphasis that the party put on healthcare, through its network of free clinics, its fight to end medical discrimination, and its education campaign on genetic diseases that African Americans are more prone to. Now, on the 45th anniversary of the founding of the Black Panther Party, that legacy of healthcare activism has been documented in a new book by Alondra Nelson, a Sociology Professor at Columbia University. In her book, Body and Soul: The Black Panther Party and the Fight Against Medical Discrimination, Nelson tells the story of how the Black Panther Party and its various leaders, placed such a strong emphasis on their community’s access to medical care that they eventually made the demand for free healthcare for all people, an explicit part of their ten-point program.
Uprising host Sonali Kolhatkar spoke with Alondra Nelson about her book Body and Soul in October 2011.
Watch a video of the interview here:
Martina Steiner recorded this interview.