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The Black Panther Party
The Black Panther Party A Graphic Novel History By Walker, David Graphic Novel - 2021

David F. Walker and Marcus Kwame Anderson’s The Black Panther Party: A Graphic Novel History is a stunning and honest portrayal of the controversial political group. The book does not shy aware from the problems associated with the party, nor does it portray them solely on this narrow definition. It covers the emergence of the Black Panther Party in Oakland in 1966 until its demise in the 1980s, while providing further context on the history of racism, the civil rights movement, and the COINTELPRO operations designed to undermine and frame the party. Walker’s written treatment deserves much praise as the book does not resemble the abbreviated depictions of history associated with many historical graphic novels. This is the work of a master writer providing a trajectory of history interspersed with profiles of many prominent Black Panther Party leaders. Marcus Kwame Anderson’s colorful illustrations make the book even more enjoyable, and readers should not ignore the afterword by Walker that powerfully connects the struggles of the past with current events focused on policing and racism. The book is a candid and emotional portrayal of history that is one of the best reads of 2021.

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