New documentary focuses on the Black Panthers

New documentary focuses on the Black Panthers
New documentary focuses on the Black Panthers

New documentary focuses on the Black Panthers

In 1966, a group of six black men in Oakland decided it was time to fight back against ongoing police brutality in that city. That effort turned into one of the country’s most notable African American civil rights groups of the late 1960s: The Black Panther Party. Support for the party was widespread, with not only chapters around the country, but one in Algeria. The BPP was loathed by law enforcement, especially FBI Chief J. Edgar Hoover. He became obsessed with destroying the party and it seems to have worked to some degree. The new documentary, 'The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution,' lays it all out with archival footage of the times and interviews with former party members. Producer Laurens Grant joins us to talk about what went into the making of the film. (AP/File)