Hannah Jeffery has recently completed an MRes at the University of Nottingham that examines how African American grassroots communities respond to the narrative marginalisation of Fred Hampton, Chairman of the Illinois Black Panther Party. Hannah analysed both familial and societal responses that seek to anchor Hampton’s memory and legacy in African American locales. Her PhD project. also at Nottingham, seeks to understand how Black Power advocates used the memory and legacy of abolitionists, aesthetically, ideologically and intellectually, in order to further their own goal of achieving black self-determination via revolutionary, violent self-defense protest.

Documentary Review: The Black Panther Party: Vanguard of the Revolution

Newly released documentary The Black Panther Party: Vanguard of the Revolution shows a lesser-seen side of the Black Panthers that marries the stylised, swaggering interpretations of Party members with the role of J. Edgar Hoover’s COINTELPRO and the frequently overlooked Survival Programmes. Continue reading

The legacy of Black Power Visual Culture in 1990s Hip Hop

Artists such as KRS-One, Public Enemy and Chuck D. position themselves as heirs to the legacy of the Panthers and Malcolm X by creatively updating the “media-conscious iconography of sixties black radicalism for a 1990s constituency”, says Hannah Jeffery. Continue reading

“There wouldn’t be an America if it wasn’t for black people”: Programme Review of the University of Nottingham’s Black History Month Events

At the University of Nottingham, the month of October has been punctuated by a series of events, lectures and screenings relating to Black History Month. Postgraduate Hannah Jeffery has reviewed the series in the first ever Series Review for U.S. Studies Online. In this post she explores Black History Month not only as an opportunity to heighten awareness of black history and educate the public about the past, but Black History Month as a practice of institutions and professional organisations. Continue reading