Thursday, 13 November 2008


BLACK PANTHER magazine now available

Dear Friends,

The ‘Panther Legacy’ magazine is now for sale.

[front cover pictured left]

This stylish-looking publication is exclusively designed by urban-artist Jaykoe. Just on aesthetics alone this is must have collector’s item.

You will not find magazine like this anywhere else!

This 36 page publication is jammed packed with extracts from the auto-biographies of Huey Newton, Bobby Seale, Assata Shakur, Stanley Tookie Williams (founder of the LA street-gang Crips) and extracts from Tupac/2Pac Shakur’s biography amongst many other articles.

Panther Legacy includes Black Panther newspaper covers and other Black Liberation Movement artwork.

Price per one copy: £3 GBP / $5 USD / 3.60 EUR

+ p&p:

£0.50p to Britain / 1.30 EUR to Europe / $ 2.20 to USA and the rest of the world.

This limited edition publication can be bought by bank transfer to the following bank details:

Mr Sukant Chandan

Barclays Bank

Sort code: 20 49 76

Account No: 60480207

Please email/text/phone me to let me know the payment has been made and the magazine will be sent off to you straight away once payment is confirmed.

For multiple orders please contact me to work out p+p according to how many copies you would like.


Sukant Chandan

Editor of Panther Legacy magazine

0044 7709 112 126

[pic: Billy X head of the Black Panther Alumni holding the Panther Legacy magazine up at Sandino's Bar, Derry northern Ireland alongside Eamon McCann and Emory Douglas]

Sunday, 9 November 2008


[platform from the Tabernacle event, left-right: Emory Douglas, Massoud Shadrajeh from the Islamic Human Rights Commission, Sukant Chandan (chair) and Billy X]

Dear Friends,

The final event of the Panther Legacy tour organised by the
Black Panther Commemoration Committee and many other
friends, was concluded last night at the Tabernacle in
Ladbroke Grove with well over 100 people in attendance.

The BPCC would like to thank all the new friends we have
made in the organising of this week, all our volunteers and
especially Brother Emory Douglas and Brother Billy X from
the Black Panther Alumni.

This is a start of a new relationship with so many people
and organisations and we are stepping up to even bigger and
better things.

A more complete report will follow shortly.

All power to the people.

Black Panther Commemoration Committee

London, 10/11/08



[pictured left-right: Sukant Chandan (chair), Emory Douglas, George Galloway MP and Billy X]

Dear Friends,

Another great meeting held last night [05/11/08] in the Grand Committee Room in the Houses of Parliament.

Again, time does not allow me to give full credit to the content of the contributions by George, Emory and Billy X.

The meeting was jointly organised by the Respect political party and the Black Panther Commemoration Committee (BPCC). George Galloway Member of Parliament is the Respect party's leader, and also spoke last night.

On a day when the USA elected its first African-American President, we too made a little bit of history on this day by having Black Panthers speaking for the first time (to the best of our knowledge) in the Houses of Parliament.

The meeting was packed with around 80 people in attendance.

George Galloway made a great speech as per-usual, focusing on the mis-representation of the Black Panthers as offensively militaristic. Galloway stressed that rather their strategy was always one of self-defence. Galloway also spoke at some length about Obama's victory, and the controversies around his presidential campaign in relation to Bill Ayers and Obama's Muslim background. George mentioned that there must be something good in Obama's victory if only judging from the hysteria around his middle name 'Hussein', and the general right-wing and Zionist frenzied campaign against Obama.

Emory and Billy X both made great speeches recounting their experiences that led them to join the Panthers and their experiences thereof.

Emory talked of how the underlying injustices continue for working class and oppressed people of colour in the USA despite the Obama's achievement of reaching the presidency. Emory stressed that the causes of indecent housing, unemployment and racism still needs to be addressed. Emory also stated that McCain and those like him have not gone away and will keep putting pressure on Obama to disable him from making any progress.

It was particularly great to see so many young people attending this meeting. It is not often in political meetings that young working class people from both black and white backgrounds come together to and engage in discussion regarding the issues of race and class oppression and what to do about these issues.

After the the session of speeches and debate people in the room continued to discuss with each other in a general positive atmosphere of friendship and solidarity with the Panthers.

On behalf of the Black Panther Commemoration Committee I would like to thank Caroline, Kevin Ovenden and George Galloway, Alexandra, Fahim, Carrie and the Treatment Room crew, Black 9 Films who filmed the event, Steve and Henna who photographed the event, all those who attended, and all the BPCC volunteers and organisers.

Sukant Chandan
Black Panther Commemoration Committee
London, 6/11/08



[pictured: people at the meeting. On the left, Linton Kwesi Johnson making a contribution from the floor, Billy X at the back with the baseball hat and blue t-shirt]

Just a quick note to report on last night's event. Due to time
constraints, I cannot do justice to everyone's contributions on the
evening. However I thought it might interest people to read a little

For those who don't know, Brixton is perhaps the beating heart of the
Black/West Indian community in Britain. It is a place of great
struggle, confidence and cultural vibrancy.

Here you can see a doc-film about the Brixton uprising
against police brutality.

Like any community of the oppressed, it is also a cultural
centre of the peoples, and has produced many great artists
and music.

Congratulations to all the sisters in the Remember Olive
Collective, a group of sisters in Brixton who have recently
set-up this collective to keep the legacy of Olive Morris alive.

Olive Morris was a young Black Panther in Brixton. They
organised a great meeting, the food was delicious courtesy
of Elaine Holness - Director of the Karibu Centre.

The event was packed out, around 150 people, standing room
only. There were the 'elders' of the movement there, many
former members from the Black Panther Movement from the
1970s, and many other younger members of the community.

Clarence Thompson eloquently recited his amazing poem in
dedication to the ANC struggle in 1985, a poem which is
displayed at the UN building in NY.

The great dub-poet and struggler Linton Kwesi-Johnson said
a few words of wisdom. He talked of the importance of the
Black Panther Movement (BPM) in opening peoples eyes to the
great contribution to literature of Black people, which
hitherto has been buried.

Neil Kenlock, founder of Choice FM (although he no longer
runs it) spoke of his involvement in the BPM, over a slide
show of pictures of struggle from the 1970s. Neil Kenlock
was photographer for the BPM.

Ana Laura, Liz, Linton and Neil all spoke endearingly of
Olive Morris and her commitment to liberation of all oppressed

and working class people. It was fitting that Yana Morris,

Olive’s sister, said a few words about her late Sister on behalf
of the Morris family.

Billy X of the Black Panther Party Alumni in the USA
explained how the Black Panthers comprised many young
people. He himself joined when he was only 17, and the
Party was comprised mainly of very young people. Billy X
talked about the importance that the BPP put on ideological
education, especially of Mao tse-tung's teachings.

Emory Douglas talked through a slide show of his incredible
art, giving insight and historical context to his work.

It was a touching movement of solidarity when around a
dozen people took a picture together, the people being
Billy X and Emory, with many former Black Panthers in

The Black Panther Commemoration Committee's new magazine,
'Panther Legacy' was very well received by people at the
meeting. This magazine can be acquired by getting in touch
with me.

Billy and Emory are today in another heart of resistance to
imperialism and racism - northern Ireland in Derry where
they are speaking with veteran civil-rights activist Eamonn
McCann, and also meeting a high-level delegation from the
Irish national-liberation and socialist movement Sinn Fein
and Sinn Fein Youth.

[Pictures to follow soon.]

Billy X and Emory are speaking with George Galloway MP
tomorrow in Parliament, see details HERE:

And we hope people will join us especially on this Saturday
at another centre of struggle and culture - Notting Hill /
Ladbroke Grove / Portobello, which will be a great night of
resistance and culture in a great venue - The Tabernacle -
and the last engagement of Billy X and Emory before they
leave - see HERE, or the facebook event page HERE:

Sukant Chandan
Black Panther Commemoration Committee