Interview with Anne Wild

In terms of the Alameda Courthouse rally, you went to a number of rallies for Huey. Could you describe your feelings and what you saw when you went there.


These were, uh, the rallies, you know, when Huey was first on trial, and then when he was, uh, confined to prison, there was a series of rallies at the Alameda County Courthouse demanding his, his freedom, and also talking about how basically, you know, Blacks were basically being attacked in this society. But there would be, like, thousands and thousands and thousands of people, and there would be, the Panthers would be out there all in their Black, you know, Black uniforms, Black jackets, and would be marching in unison. And then there'd be a series of speeches. And there would also be this sort of sense of collectivity. Like, one thing about the party, the Black Panther Party is that, um, and I think because of Eldridge, to some extent, and because of their sort of enlightenment with the third world. I mean, they borrowed from Malcolm, right, they borrowed that there was not necessarily, you know, serious contradiction between Whites and Blacks. That if you agreed politically on the same goals, you could work together. So there was this sense of unity and of community that you'd, you know, that I don't think a lot of interracial, sort of, events oftentimes, you know, where you experience that sort of thing. And we felt, we felt unified in terms of fighting for Huey, that he was our leader. And anyway, with this sort of beautiful sort of group of, uh, young Blacks who were very, you know, standing up tall and proud and well-organized and disciplined and who were willing to fight. And that was very inspiring.