Podcast: The story of an unsung Black Panther

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The Black Panther Party, a Black power political organization, was founded exactly 55 years ago in California’s Bay Area and grew into a nationwide group that pushed for housing, food equity, education and self-protection. The group produced many notable figures, such as Eldridge Cleaver and Angela Davis, and Huey. Newton.

But history often overlooks those who are not in dynamic roles or perform tasks that are hidden from the public eye. These people are the ones who do the hard, but vital work that keeps organizations afloat. Barbara Easley Cox was one such person.

Today, Easley-Cox recounts what she experienced as a Black Panther, from California to Algeria to North Korea and beyond.

Host: L.A. Times podcast producer Ashlea Brown

Guests: Barbara Easley-Cox

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