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The Black Liberation Army: A Digital Poetic Zine/ Collage

Imani Gatheright

My project is a combination of two formats. I chose to do a digital zine as well as create a playlist. The digital zine focuses on the Black Liberation Army as well as the Black Panther Party. Included in the zine are two poems that I wrote that tell pieces of the stories behind the origins and accomplishments of the BPP and BLA. Writing a poem gave me the opportunity to retell stories from a new perspective and in a new way. It also allowed me to share news clippings and fun facts about the two organizations. The time period for the Zine is based on the time period of the BLA which is in the 1960’s through the 1980’s. The playlist that I created reflects what I feel is similar attitudes, sentiments, as well as pride that the BPP and BLA members felt. The time period for the music chosen ranges from the 1960’s to the 2000’s.