Morgan Students Travel to MoMA for Black Panther Documentary

By William Arenas

Left to Right   Jamal Joseph former Black Panther, Producer for Firelight Media Marcia Smith, Director Stanley Nelson(Firelight Media) Photo by Babatunde Salaam

(Left to Right)
Jamal Joseph former Black Panther, Producer for Firelight Media Marcia Smith, Director Stanley Nelson
Photo by Babatunde Salaam

Morgan State University students traveled to New York City’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) to attend the premier of the Stanley Nelson’s documentary, The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution.

Stanley Nelson is an Emmy award-winning director for best documentaries. A 2015 Winner of the MacArthur genius grant, Nelson is producer of many award-winning documentary films, which are featured on and in partnership with Public Broadcasting System (PBS).

Nelson is currently a professor at Morgan State University and is teaching a documentary production workshop for undergraduate and graduate students. “I’m flattered that the school asked me to teach the class,” he said. “With this film I really want the youth to understand the parallels of what is happening now and what was happening fifty years ago.” Students in the class will film, edit and produce a documentary over the course of the semester.

The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution is about the history of the Black Panthers. The film follows the story of a group of young African Americans taking the safety and the well being of their community in their own hands. The Black Panthers sparked a revolution of thought and imagery for the African American community and among revolutionary-minded communities around the world.

Students attending the event were enthusiastic. “Just to be able to share in this wonderful opportunity with fellow students and faculty was a great experience,” said Morgan graduate student Andre Melton who is in Nelson’s documentary class. “I’m just ecstatic that I was able to be apart of this one-of-a-kind experience.”

The Black Panthers: Vanguard of a Revolution will premier in theaters this fall.

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