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Celebrating 15 Years of the Freedom Archives

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Freedom Archives founders — (Left to right) Lincoln Bergman, Heber Dreher, Emiliano Echeverria, Kiilu Nyasha, Nina Serrano, Barbara Lubinski, Claude Marks, and Andres Alegria. Nancy Barrett not pictured.

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Tarika Lewis, Val Serrant and Sandy Poindexter









Thanks to everybody who came out and celebrated 15 years with us! The music was outstanding, the statements from former and current political prisoners were inspirational and it was great to see so many longtime friends and supporters in one place. We want to extend our appreciation to everyone who helped make this anniversary possible and hope that you enjoyed it as much as we did.

If you were not able to make it, you can still help sustain the Freedom Archives by donating HERE.

We also wanted to share the audio of Herman Bell’s tribute to the work of the Freedom Archives. Herman, a former member of the Black Panther Party and political prisoner for the past 40 years, is a revolutionary thinker, educator, and longtime supporter of the Archives.


– Preserve the Past – Illuminate the Present – Shape the Future


Emory Douglas Donates Print to Support 15th Anniversary

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motherchildpeace3x5 EmoryExciting news! Emory Douglas has donated an original print entitled Mother, Child, Peace for the Freedom Archives’ 15th anniversary. Emory has been a supporter for years and we’re really appreciative of his continued contributions to radical history and the Freedom Archives. We’ll be taking bids on this print at our event and all proceeds go towards funding our work to – preserve the past – illuminate the present – shape the future.

Join us this Thursday, October 16th, at the African-American Art and Culture Complex on 762 Fulton Street to celebrate! Festivities for the evening include musical performances from Rico Pabon and Friends and Joan Tarika Lewis and her Youth Ensemble; support statements from members of the San Francisco 8 as well as current political prisoners; poetry; culture and more! We ask for a donation at the door of $15 (for 15 years!), however no one will be turned away for lack of funds.*

We’re really looking forward to the opportunity to celebrate the past 15 years with founders, contributors, supporters, former staff and interns, activists, organizers, educators, community members, friends, family and loved ones. See you there!!


* If you can’t make it on October 16, please support our important work by making a donation online at: https://co.clickandpledge.com/advanced/default.aspx?wid=33028


All Power to the People

Black Panther Party Member Selling Newspapers

Six months ago we announced that a project to catalog and at least partially digitize our collection of Black Panther Party Newspapers had begun. Today, we are proud to report that our entire collection has been cataloged, and we have digitized the front and back covers of each paper! Almost all of the brilliant artwork on the cataloged newspaper covers was created by former BPP member and Minister of Culture Emory Douglas and represent a sizable cultural achievement in and of themselves. Each paper’s annotation contains its main features as well as comprehensive key words representing the articles and topics within. The collection is now available to view on our search site here. This important contribution would not have been possible without the hard work of our volunteers, interns and supporters. Please contact us at info@freedomarchives.org if you would like more information about the collection and specific materials within it.

Also, please join us in celebrating 15 years of this type of work on October 16th at the African-American Art and Culture Complex at 762 Fulton Street in San Francisco. Program begins at 7pm, with a $15 suggested donation. Festivities for the evening include Rico Pabon and Friends, Joan Tarika Lewis and the Youth Ensemble, members of the San Francisco 8, support statements from political prisoners, and more! Check out our Facebook event and we hope to see you on October 16th!!


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