Media, Revolution, and the Legacy of the Black Panther Party

[An edited interview by Hans Bennett with Kiilu Nyasha featuring excerpts from Nyasha’s article: “Ruchell Cinque Magee and the August 7th Courthouse Slave Rebellion.”]


Kiilu Nyasha is a San Francisco-based journalist and former member of the Black Panther Party (BPP). Kiilu hosts a weekly TV program, "Freedom Is A Constant Struggle," on SF Live (Comcast 76 and AT&T 99), which can be viewed live at every Friday at 7:30 pm (PST), and rebroadcast Saturdays at 3:30 p.m., and Mondays, 6:30 p.m.. She writes for several publications, including the SF Bay View Newspaper and Also an accomplished radio programmer, she has worked for KPFA (Berkeley), SF Liberation Radio, Free Radio Berkeley, and KPOO in SF.  Some of her work is archived at and


 –Hans Bennett is an independent multi-media journalist ( and co-founder of Journalists for Mumia Abu-Jamal ( Special thanks to Ed Mertex for help transcribing the interview.



Hans Bennett:    How did you join the BPP [Black Panther Party]?


Kiilu Nyasha:     I started running into Panthers when I worked for President Johnson’s so-called “War on Poverty,” at The Community Action Institute (CAI) in New Haven, CT. We were supposed to organize the community, and of course they didn’t really mean it; but I was politically naive.  So I took them literally at their word and plunged into organizing, going to various community meetings.


A young Panther named Belva, just a teenager and known as "sisterlove," was sent to

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