OldSoul : Jamal Joseph "Panther Baby: A Life of Rebellion and Reinvention"

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    Though ex-Black Panther Jamal Joseph is a full professor at Columbia University and an Oscar nominee, his journey to the Ivy-Leagues was a harrowing one. He joined the Black Panther‘s when he was 15-years-old and ended up in prison a year later...

    He also served a 9-year stint in prison for helping fugitives escape the country. It was during this time that Joseph earned two college degrees. After his life behind bars, he devoted his life to youth empowerment and the arts. In February, he released his autobiography “Panther Baby: A Life of Rebellion and Reinvention.”

    The book is mainly for young people, Joseph says, and is about his personal journey of finding his place in the world. Joseph says the best lesson he learned as a panther was “to love the people and to serve the people.”

    Jamal Joseph is a writer, director, producer, Oscar nominee and professor at New York's Columbia University. But he started out as one of the youngest leaders of the Black Panther Party, the militant African-American group the FBI once declared to be the greatest threat to America. The party emerged in the late 1960s during a tumultuous period marked by race riots and civil unrest. It challenged the lack of black representation in police forces in most major US cities. But there were also numerous violent confrontations over several years that left police officers and Panthers dead. Hundreds of members of the party were arrested. Joseph first went to jail for his political activities at the age of sixteen and spent a total of nine and half years in prison after helping fugitives flee the United States. Earning two degrees while behind bars, Joseph dedicated himself to youth work and the arts after his release and has now written about his personal journey in the book Panther Baby: A Life of Rebellion and Reinvention.
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