Interview with Sonia Sanchez

Could you speak about the interaction between the Panthers and the Cultural Africanists at that time?


There was a lot of interaction between the cultural workers and the Black Panther Party. Ah, if the part--if the party gave a demonstration in the park in, in the Bay Area, or, or in Oakland, the cultural workers were called upon to read their poetry, to talk to the audiences. There was no division between the Black Panther Party and the people at Black Studies or Baraka or myself. We were all in the same area, or in, or in Ed Bullins's. Ah, the division came somewhat later on. But, ah, what we, when we did programs at San Francisco State, the Black Panther Party was, ah, Huey came to speak, Bobby came to speak, okay? The sisters had their own little, ah, ditties that they would do and they would come up and do their little ditties and, and do their little talk and do their little march and things, et cetera. So, there was always great interaction there. Ah, there, because we had the Black Arts, ah, Repertory Theatre in, in New York, ah, as a consequence of that we had, ah, in San Francisco, the Black House.