Interview with Sonia Sanchez
QUESTION 43
INTERVIEWER:

Can you talk about how Black House is central to the Panthers and how the Panters--Panthers may have influenced, you know, in, in, in San Francisco?

SONIA SANCHEZ:

Black House was really the, the western extension of what we had done in a place called New York City, at the Black Arts Repertory Theatre. And there at the Black House you saw, ah, Baraka's plays and Bullins' plays and we read our poetry and you, you saw Emory's works, ah, ah, Emory Douglas's paintings and drawing and whatever and you saw people cooperating with, with each other. You saw students and Panthers and, and artists coming together there. And I thing what you saw also too is that, ah, the Panther Paper allowed us to print our poems, our poetry and our, our, our messages and our articles in its newspaper, ah, and also the Panther Party allowed us an arena for reading our poetry at the various events that happened. There was a fantastic coming together. There was a great collage of people from Panthers to so-called cultural nationalists, um, ah, to students, ah, to people from the Black Studies and they supported each other and the audience was one that, that, lived for that kind of interaction.

INTERVIEWER:

Okay, stop, great.