The Black Panther Party for Self Defense changed the world with its militant expression of Black Pride and empowerment. This Detour will walk you through North Oakland's small Santa Fe neighborhood, where two college kids started a movement that fed pancakes to hungry kids, gave legal assistance to families, and carried enough guns to get them labeled "the greatest domestic threat to American National Security."
On this Detour, you'll visit the intersection where the Black Panthers became the first crossing guards to carry shotguns. You'll flip through their favorite quotes from Chairman Mao, eat sweet potato pie baked at the site of their national headquarters, and hear directly from original Panthers like Emory Douglas and Bobby Seale. Plus you'll get a first hand look at the fruits of the Panthers' legacy--the modern day activists carrying on in their footsteps--and the economic forces that might wipe that legacy away.
Best of all, this Detour is set to the beat of the Black Panthers house band, an incredible group of Oakland musicians called The Lumpen.
Tips & Hours
You can take this Detour any day of the week, but it is best between 9am - 5pm when the bakery is open.
Five dollars will buy you a small sweet potato pie near the end of the tour… and if you have any books you’ve been itching to donate, there will be opportunities to do so along the way.
Keep your eyes and ears open while on the tour. Sometimes North Oakland can be an unpredictable place.
You’ll have the opportunity to roll up your sleeves and do some raspberry picking – bring appropriate pants/shoes, if that sounds enticing.
Davin A. Thompson (Do D.A.T.) is an emcee, educator, event host, and Oakland native.
Bobby Seale, Emory Douglas, Huey P. Newton, Kemba Shakur, Max Cadji, Arsema Tedros
Writer/Producer: Jason Jakaitis Reporter/Co-Producer: Mwende Hahesy Engineer & Sound Designer: Ian Davis (id) Editor: Jorge Just Mixing & Mastering: Julian Kwasneski Production Manager: Juliet Hinely
Archival Materials courtesy of Pacifica Radio Archives, California Newsreel
Thanks to Max Cadji, Bill Calhoun, Alex Cherian, Antoine Davis, Brian DeShazor, Emeryville School District, Puppy Time Security Dog, It’s All Good Bakery, Toveo Hill, Billy X Jennings, Marcus Books, Cornelius Moore, Frances Moore, Phat Beets Produce, Urban Releaf, Ricky Vincent, Nate Williams, Luisa Beck, Avery Trufelman, James Calhoun, and Heather Rafferty
November 19, 2021 Subject:
A valuable teaching tour 4 classrooms & students of all ages
Thank you for this tour of USA in the 60s, 70s and here it is decades later and still having to confront entrenched systemic racism. I've sent this tour to friends who teach critical race theory because it is an excellent teaching resource for students all ages, ethnicities.