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From 1973 until 1982, the Black Panthers operated a school in East Oakland that has been called “arguably the Party’s most important organizing legacy.” Although the school solved many problems that continue to plague America’s education system, these lessons have been largely forgotten. Today’s episode explores the history of the Oakland Community School with a former student (Gregory Lewis), a former teacher (Rodney Gillead), and the school’s former director, Ericka Huggins.

The site of Oakland Community School on International Blvd in Oakland, 2016
(Photo: Liam O’Donoghue)
1977 documentary about Oakland Community School

“We were in liberation education”

Exploring the lost lessons of the Black Panthers’ school
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