Indie Soul Book Review: Howard L. Bingham’s Black Panthers 1968


Parents and guardians are responsible for teaching black history of to our children. One group that is often misunderstood and forgotten about is the Black Panthers. This week Indie Soul wants you to checkout the book Howard L. Bingham’s “Black Panthers 1968.”

The synopsis of the book is as follows: Life magazine sent writer Gilbert Moore and photographer Howard Bingham to document and tell the story of the Black Panthers. The very secretive Panthers and their Minister of Information, Eldridge Cleaver would only allow Life to do the story if Bingham was the photographer. Bingham and Moore followed the Panthers for months from Oakland to New York to Los Angeles only to have the story pulled due to a disagreement between Moore and the magazine.

The book contains information about the Panthers and what they were trying to accomplish. The book was released in 2009 and is very hard to come by. Indie Soul picked up a copy locally at Red Emma’s Bookstore, but did find that you can purchase online at Amazon. This book is truly a conversation and educational tool to teach and share with others with the goal in mind to educate about our history no matter how controversial one might think a subject is, it is still our history.