Power to the People: The World of the Black Panthers Contributor(s): Shames, Stephen (Photographer), Seale, Bobby (Author)
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Stephen Shames is one of America's leading photographers dealing with social issues, whose career began with his work with the Black Panthers. Describing his work, the New York Times said, "Mr. Shames follows in the honored tradition of Jacob Riis and Lewis Hine." One of his eight books, Outside the Dream, his exploration into child poverty in America, earned him the accolades of President Jimmy Carter and Senators Edward Kennedy and Bill Bradley. Stephen's work has been widely exhibited and is in the permanent collections of many museums. He represented by Steven Kasher Gallery and lives in New York City.
Bobby Seale was the chairman of the Black Panther Party during its most vital years. He is the author of Seize the Time: The Story of the Black Panther Party and Huey P. Newton (1970) and A Lonely Rage: The Autobiography of Bobby Seale (1978). Born in Liberty, Texas, he worked as a mechanic after a stint in the Air Force. He met Huey Newton at Merritt College, where they were both enrolled in the early 1960s, and together they founded the party. A political activist and community organizer, he lives in Vallejo, California.