Two former US Black Panthers visit Bristol this week. As part of a UK tour initiated by the London Anarchist Bookfair collective, numerous Bristol groups have banded together to arrange 3 discussion meetings in 2 days on 16th and 17th October.
The featured speakers are JoNina Abron-Ervin, the last editor of the original US Black Panther newspaper (brief bio & book), and Lorenzo Kom’Boa Ervin a former Black Panther, who came over to anarchism whilst in prison, partly as a result of the solidarity he received from the Anarchist Black Cross (brief bio and some anarchist writings).
They last visited & spoke in the UK in May 2000 (see excellent interview), so this is a rare opportunity to hear from and meet with these two long-standing American social revolutionaries. The 3 events organised in Bristol reflect the breadth of their involvement and experiences.
The Black Revolution
JoNina Abron-Ervin, talks about past struggles during the Black Panther movement in the U.S. Lorenzo Kom’Boa Ervin introduces anarchism and the current black struggle.
Doors at 7pm for 7.30pm start. Wednesday 16th October at The Malcom X Centre 141 City Road, St Pauls, BS2 8YH
Driven by the Movement – Activists of the Black Power Era
UWE Feminist Society hosts a talk from ex-US Black Panther, community organiser and youth worker, JoNina Abron-Ervin about the Black Power Movement and her book: “Driven by the Movement: Activists of the Black Power Era”. JoNina is a journalist, author, retired educator, and veteran African-American community organizer.
6pm start. Thursday 17th October in Room 1L17, Frenchay Campus, University of the West of England. Facebook event & map.
Anti-fascist struggle in the U.S.A (and solidarity cafe)
Lorenzo Kom’Boa Ervin has been a community activist since the 1960s, within movements such as the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and the Black Panther Party, and first learned about anarchism in prison in the 1970s. He will talk about the struggle against racism and fascism in the United States. The Ku Klux Klan is beginning its new push to build a fascist and racist-based mass movement among the white population in the United States. Learn how the anti-fascist activists beat back the Klan in Tennessee, what they believe the Klan is up to, and how the fascists can be beaten back in every country.
Solidarity cafe from 6.30pm with suggested donation per meal of £2.50, followed by talk & discussion from 7.30pm.
Thursday 17th October at Kebele Social Centre, 14 Robertson Road, Easton, BS5 6JY
ALL welcome. Note that talks are free but donations welcomed to cover costs.
Facebook event for all 3 talks.