Interview with Anne Wild
QUESTION 2
LOUIS MASSIAH:

Can you talk a little bit about the style of the Black Panthers. Describe what they were wearing, and what you thought about it when you saw it, just the style.

ANNE WILD:

Well, I, the style of the Panthers was, I think, extraordinary. For an indigenous American, what became a revolutionary movement, they had this incredible creativity. This creative flair or style. I mean, from the name, the Black Panther Party. I mean, there's no other left group or political radical group that's named themselves after a panther, right? But that had great symbolic value. It's sort of like this is a serious cat, you know, it's going to really defend its family, whatever. And I think the jackets, it was part of a, you know, the media is the message. And I don't think it was calculated in the same way that obviously these people calculate to represent themselves in a very, sort of, you know, I don't know, very stylized way. But they had this, uh, creativity. It was like an imagination. I think reflected in both Huey Newton's thinking, and in Eldridge's thinking and writing. I mean, Eldridge is outrageous as a person. I mean, if you read some of his speeches from that period, he, not only does he use a lot of profanity, but his thinking, and, and Huey, too, and to some extent even Bobby. I mean, there's an incredibly high energy, creative, stylistic, uh, exciting kind of character to them that sort of started at the beginning.