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A Conversation on the Black Panthers and the FBI

Wednesday, February 26, 2014 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Sterling Memorial Library (SML), Lecture Hall, 120 High St., New Haven, CT 06511

Beverly Gage ’94 B.A., Professor of History at Yale University, will moderate a conversation on the topic of the Black Panthers and the FBI in this panel that includes the following participants:

Kathleen Cleaver ’84 B.A., ’89 J.D. is a Senior Lecturer in the African American Studies Department at Yale University and a scholar of citizenship and race. She served as the Communications Secretary for the Black Panther Party.

Ann Froines is a retired Professor of Women’s Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston. She was the founding member of the United Front for Panther Defense, and an organizer of the New Haven May Day rally.

John R. Williams is a New Haven attorney and legal activist who represented several New Haven Nine defendants. He also successfully prosecuted the New Haven Wiretap Litigation class action suit against local police and the FBI for illegally wiretapping nearly 1,000 people for over a decade in the late 1960s and 1970s.

A reception will follow in the adjacent Memorabilia Room. This will also be an opportunity to see the exhibit "Bulldog and Panther: The 1970 May Day Rally and Yale" which will be on view in the Memorabilia Room from February 10-May 16.

In addition, there will be a Master's Tea from 4:00-5:30pm on the 26th with Kathleen Cleaver. This will take place in the Pierson College Master's House.

These events are sponsored by Yale University Library and Pierson College and are free and open to the public.