Differing Views of Justice in the Film Black Panther at Kibbitznest

November 8, 2018 | 6:30 PM - 7:45 PM

Kibbitznest Liberal Arts Discussions are a collaboration with The University of Chicago Graham School to host presentations and discussions of original research, hosted at Kibbitznest Books, Brews & Blarney.

Ryan Coogler's movie 'Black Panther' is a highly successful, entertaining comic book movie. But it also addressed deeper themes such as racism, post-colonialism, and the complexity of relations between Africans and African Americans.  The Marvel character first appeared in a comic book created by Jack Kirby and Stan Lee dated July 1966.  It was mere coincidence that just three months later, Bobby Seale and Huey Newton founded the socialist and black empowerment Black Panther Party for Self-Defense.  In 1972, Marvel, uncomfortable with the association, briefly changed the name of their character to Black Leopard. By contrast, this film embraces the connection with the Black Panther Party in ways that illuminate very different visions of how to address racism and injustice in the modern world.

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