Interview with Emory Douglas

OK, how did the march to or appearance in Sacramento take place?


Yes. It, well, OK, ah, ah, the Sacramento, ah, we went to Sacramento to the legislature. This was something that, ah, evolved out of a meeting that took place at the Black House. Black House was a place, a house in San Francisco which was in, was, ah, started in 1967. It was a place that was divided between those Blacks who were involved--more so particularly in the cultural aspect of African history in this, in this country and in the world--and, ah, Blacks who were more involved in, in the politics of this country and in the world. And, ah, that, those who were, ah, were involved in the more cultural aspect were like, ah, LeRoi Jones, Ed Bullins, ah, ah, Marvin X and, ah, ah, what have you. On the other side it was, ah, Huey Newton, Bobby Seale, Eldridge Cleaver, the Black Panther Party. And, ah, also you had the, ah, Black Student Unions of San Francisco and what have you. At, at the Black House there would be cultural events and there would also be your political, ah, discussions and debates, uh. So, ah, the whole thing with Sacramento came about out of, ah, a, a meeting of, of, ah, leadership of the Party at that time, which was Huey Newton and Bobby Seale and then incorporated, ah, Eldridge Cleaver, ah, because he was, ah, working at Ramparts Magazine as a reporter at that particular time. And, ah, from there the discussion was to go to Sacramento to observe the legislature and see what they were doing in relationship to, ah, some gun laws and some other things that were being discussed, ah, so--