The Department of Art and Art History is sponsoring a lecture by Jo-Ann Morgan on the topic “Eldridge Cleaver and the Black Panther Party’s 1968 Visual Campaign to Free Huey P. Newton.” The talk is scheduled for 4:15 pm, Wednesday, May 13, in the Round Room, Ford Center for the Fine Arts, and will be followed by a reception.
Dr. Morgan is Professor in the Department of African American Studies/Department of Art at Western Illinois University. She is a specialist on the representation of African Americans in American visual culture and is the author of “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” as Visual Culture (2007). Her lecture is part of the book project Picturing Black Power, Reproducing Revolution – The Black Panther Party in Visual Culture. In the sixties, Huey P. Newton was the leader of the Oakland, California-based Black Panther Party. In 1967, Newton was arrested for what many felt were contrived charges for shooting and killing a police officer on a routine traffic stop. The writer and political activist Eldridge Cleaver launched a campaign to “Free Huey,” using a variety of visual materials including news photos, posters and buttons.