May 27, 2022

New Digital Collection: Rare Footage of Black Panthers, California Activism Digitized by Oakland Library

From KQED:

Farmworkers harvesting onions. Picketing Teamsters rejecting student sympathizers. Oakland high-schoolers protesting the police shooting their peer. Black Panthers serving breakfast.

They’re just a few scenes from a newly digitized African American Museum & Library Oakland collection of scarcely if ever seen footage documenting California activism and organized labor in the 1960s and 1970s. AAMLO, a reference library and exhibition space, last year received a grant to catalog and transfer the films. Now nearly seven hours of footage is freely available online.


AAMLO last year received $19,590 from the Council on Library and Information Resources for “recordings at risk” to preserve and share the collection (many of the acetate reels were deteriorating), aiming to the surface material relevant to the Black Panthers’ 50-year anniversary as well as contemporary social-justice movements.

Direct to AAMLO Digital Collection

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See Also: Oakland Public Collection Launch Announcement (March 2019)

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