Chris Stewart talks to Ericka Huggins about her life as an educator, member of the Los Angeles chapter of the Black Panther Party, the Criminal Justice system and the Black Lives Matter movement. In 1963, during the height of the civil rights movement, Ericka began her political activism after attending the march in Washington. Chris digs deep for answers about how to model the academic success of the Oakland Community School started by the Black Panther Party achieved.
Special Guest Bio:
Ericka’s political activism began in 1963, when she attended the March on Washington and committed to moving from the sidelines to the frontlines in the global human rights movement. In 1969, at age 18, she became a leader in the Los Angeles chapter of the Black Panther Party with her husband John Huggins.
Three weeks after the birth of their daughter Mai, Ericka became a widow, when her husband John Huggins, along with her dear friend, Alprentice “Bunchy” Carter, was murdered on the U.C.L.A campus. Ericka brought her daughter to New Haven, Connecticut for John’s burial, and stayed on to open the New Haven chapter of the Black Panther Party.
More at: www.erickahuggins.com
About Rock The Schools with Citizen Stewart:
Stewart’s mission with “Rock The Schools” is to “create a greater educational opportunity for black communities by grounding the school reform debate in black history and transformative black thought.” Stewart believes “this is done by challenging the dominant trope of anti-school reform activism, and illustrating connections between the liberationist principles of yesterday’s black struggles, and today’s education proposals (e.g. “privatization,” school choice, and charter schools).” Stewart’s tag “Public education for an educated public” begs the question of accountability . . . does public education meet the standards of an educated public when students graduate well below standards required to getting a higher education?
Executive Producer: Monique Linder