Interview with Emory Douglas

So how did it feel to be marching in Sacramento into the state legislature with a gun? What, what, were you afraid, what was going through your head?


Well for me it was a new experience, not because of, ah, you know, this is, ah, here, this is still 1967. This, you know, this, this is Huey and Bobby who were veterans of, ah, doing this routine on a daily basis in Oakland. So but for me it was something of, of, new but it was something I knew that had to be done, ah, to stand up for and to demand respect. So it was like a, it was a fear but not a, a fear of the unknown, more it was the fear of wanting to not be there and be a part of that, ah, to want to run or what have you. It was just the unknown. But all that, ah, kind of, ah, ah, was, became mist in the air, ah, as we, ah, got to Sacramento, ah, because you could, from the leadership and observing them and, and, and the whole, whole delegation. See the delegation wasn't just Black Panther Party members. There were, ah, community people who were there at the particular time the Denzil Dowell family. They were a part of the delegation. There were also other men, women and children who were there, who were part of the delegation.