‘ON THE GROUND’ SHOW FOR OCTOBER 14, 2016: The Black Panther’s 50th Anniversary…Dakota Access Pipeline and Environmental Justice…Police Killings and Mass Incarceration…And Much More

This year marks the 50th anniversary of 1966, the 50th anniversary of the call for Black Power by SNCC organizer Stokely Carmichael, also known as Kwame Ture. And also marks the 50th anniversary of the founding, in Oakland, California, of the Black Panther Party for Self Defense, which made an armed stand against police brutality, organized free community breakfast and health programs and built coalitions with other oppressed people in this country and around the globe. They are known internationally for their efforts to bring about revolutionary change in an America still wresting itself from the grip of Jim Crow. An official Black Panther 50th anniversary commemoration and celebration gets underway on Thursday, October 20th in Oakland. And on October 14th, 7pm at Howard University here in DC, there will be a 50th anniversary conversation between former Black Panthers Paul Coates and Lynn French and moderated by Ray Baker. On this show, we speak with Lynn French as well as Howard University Professor Joshua Myers who is an organizer of Howard’s program. Author and activist Gerald Horne is in the mix as well as our environmental justice producer Michele Roberts, who is just back from a mass action in Houston against the Dakota Access Pipeline. More headlines on police killings, mass incarceration, Syria and arts and culture.