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Black Panthers Documentary

POSTED October 9, 2017 2:40 p.m.
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The Modesto Junior College Civic Engagement Project (CEP) invites the community to a free screening of the documentary film ‘The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution’ on Thursday, Oct. 19, at 7 p.m. in Forum 110 on MJC’s East Campus, 435 College Ave., Modesto. The event is part of the CEP Fall Film and Lecture Series. Campus parking is available for $2 in student parking lots.

Subtitled Vanguard of the Revolution, this film sets the rise of the Black Panther Party alongside the turbulent tide of the Vietnam protests and amidst the raging disputes over civil rights.

Through a combination of archival footage and interviews with surviving Panthers and FBI agents, The Black Panthers documentary tells the story of a controversial movement that was viewed as a source of great inspiration by some but was regarded as extremely menacing by others, such as FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover, who declared the Black Panthers to be “the greatest threat to internal security of the country.”

There is an opportunity for questions and answers following the film.


For more information on MJC’s Civic Engagement Project or the Fall Film and Lecture Series, contact Jason Wohlstadter, professor of English, at

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