Discussion Questions: Pirkle Jones’s Black Panther demonstration in front of the Alameda County Court House, Oakland, California, during Huey Newton's trial, July 30, 1968

Pirkle Jones, Black Panther demonstration in front of the Alameda County Court House, Oakland, California, during Huey Newton's trial, July 30, 1968, from The Vanguard: A Photographic Essay on the Black Panthers, 1968; collection SFMOMA, gift of the Pirkle Jones Foundation; © The Pirkle Jones Foundation

  1. What are some words that describe the figures in this work? What do you see that makes you say that?
  2. Does this work of art express an idea or an emotion? What idea or emotion does it express? What do you see that makes you say that?
  3. Does anything you see happening in this work of art remind you of another story you know? What is that story and what do you see in the work that reminds you of it?
  4. If you were telling the story of this work of art, what would you call it, and why?

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