Bay City News Service
A locally produced documentary about the Black Panther Party has been
selected as one of three keynote films to be presented at the United
Nations headquarters in New York in observation of the UN's
"International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the
Transatlantic Slave Trade" weeklong series of events beginning March 22.
The documentary will be screened at an event titled "The Legacy of
the Slave Trade on Modern Society" which will also feature a
discussion panel that includes director and executive producer Jeffrey Heyman.
"It should be very interesting," Heyman said in a telephone interview
Wednesday afternoon. "For our work to be showcased on a global stage
is very much an honor."
Peralta TV at the Peralta Community College District in Oakland
produced "Merritt College: Home of the Black Panthers," which
outlines the formation of the Black Panther Party at Merritt College
The documentary, narrated by Congresswoman Barbara Lee, features
interviews with original party members and original artwork from
Black Panther publications as well as rarely seen photos and archival footage.
"It is quite an honor for our TV station to have its work featured at
such an important international event," Peralta College chancellor
Elihu Harris said in a prepared statement.
The weeklong series of events in New York will include panel
discussions, art exhibits and a cultural concert in addition to the screenings.
A complete schedule of events is available online at