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Exhibition to tell story of British Black Panthers

BRITISH BLACK PANTHER: Neil Kenlock, taken at his home in London on July 15 (Nathaniel Bagot-Sealey)

BRITAIN’S BLACK Panthers are to have their story told at a special exhibition held in Brixton later in October as part of Black History Month.

The event, taking place at the Photofusion Gallery, will feature current portraits of Panther members and archive photographs shot by Neil Kenlock, the official photographer of the British Black Panther Movement.

In addition, a documentary film will accompany the exhibition.

The Organised Youth project has curated the show – the group comprises young people aged 13-25 who aim to present the history of the British Panthers to their own generation.

Photographer Kenlock said: “This Organised Youth project by young people from Brixton has brought the stories of our time as British Black Power fighters back into the public consciousness.

“Their exhibition at Photofusion Gallery is a celebration of our hard work and a testament to the potential in young people.”

The gallery’s community programme manager Lizzy King said: “This important project has proven to everyone that young people are more than capable of working with living history.

“The group have worked together and across generational, social and racial boundaries to produce a sensitive and informative body of work that will stand as an educational and creative resource for their own and future generations.

“The archived recordings and images will ensure that we are able to appreciate the stories of the racial and social struggle that went before.”

Featured Panther members interviewed for the exhibition include: Darcus Howe; Linton Kwesi Johnson; Danny Da Costa; Leila Howe; Neil Kenlock; Liz Obi; Kenrick Goppy; and Farouk Dhondy.

The exhibition for the public begins from 10am to 5.30pm on October 16, and ends on October 26 at Photofusion Gallery, 17a Electric Lane, Brixton, London, SW9 8LA. For more information, visit: www.photofusion.org, or www.organisedyouth.com

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