Female Foot Soldiers and De Facto Feminists: The Unseen Skeletons of Social Movements

SJSU Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program, Carol Mukhopadhyay Feminist Lecture Series presents a reading and discussion with writer Judy Juanita: “Female Foot Soldiers and De Facto Feminists: The Unseen Skeletons of Social Movements.”

Born in Berkeley and raised in Oakland, a 16-year-old Judie Hart (now Juanita) enrolled at Oakland City College, where she first met fellow students Huey Newton and Bobby Seale. As a junior at San Francisco State, she joined the Black Student Union and met up with Huey and Bobby again. She joined and began working full-time for the Black Panther Party (BPP). When Eldridge Cleaver was jailed after the 1968 shootout in West Oakland, Huey appointed her editor-in-chief of the BPP Intercommunal News Service. She worked on the newspaper and the BPP Breakfast for Children program while finishing her BA in psychology at SF State. As a student activist at SFSU, she edited the newspaper Black Fire during the 4-1/2 month student strike in 1969. That strike, the longest in the history of higher education in the country, resulted in the nation’s first black studies department. Juanita became its youngest faculty member, teaching Black Journalism and Black Psychology.

  • When: October 26, 2017 at 1:30 p.m.
  • Where: MLK Library, Room 255

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