The Power of the First-Person Narrative: Ericka Huggins and the Black Panther Party

  title={The Power of the First-Person Narrative: Ericka Huggins and the Black Panther Party},
  author={Mary Phillips},
  journal={WSQ: Women's Studies Quarterly},
  pages={33 - 51}
  • M. Phillips
  • Published 1 October 2015
  • History
  • WSQ: Women's Studies Quarterly
In 1971 Black Panther Party (BPP) members Ericka Huggins and Bobby Seale were tried for kidnapping, murder, and conspiracy. In a fury, one juror picked up a chair in the deliberation room and threatened, "Let these defendants go. You know you don't have any evidence. If you want to confine them to prison for the rest of their lives go on and try it, but I swear I will kill you to death."1 In recalling this moment leading up to her release, Huggins described how this juror's remarks had a "no… 

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