This year marks the 50th anniversary of Seattle’s Black Panther Party, and local activists celebrated the occasion by coordinating many events with a visit from Black Panthers co-founder Bobby Seale. Franklin High School students on Saturday unveiled a mural depicting the 50-year history of the Black Panther Party in Seattle, a long artwork outside the school that Seale and local co-founder Elmer Dixon viewed that evening during a celebration of the 50 years of history.
After the unveiling at Franklin High School, students participated in the Youth Empowerment Summit on Sunday. There have been other youth empowerment summits, such as Youth Undoing Institutional Racism’s Freedom School, held in Seattle over the years, but this marks the first sponsored and supported by the Black Panther Party.
The theme for the event was “Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow” with workshops split into historical, contemporary, and future-oriented discussions on civil rights and youth empowerment.