Indie lens pop up - February 2016

The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution by Stanley Nelson


Indie Lens Pop-Up is a media project that brings people together for film screenings and community-driven conversations. The project, which features documentaries seen on PBS's Independent Lens, draws local residents, leaders and organizations together to discuss what matters most - from newsworthy topics to family, relationships, and more. Learn more about our Indie Lens Pop Up film screening events.

Black Panther

A new revolutionary culture emerged in the turbulent 1960s, and the Black Panther Party was at the vanguard. Weaving together a treasure trove of rare footage with the voices of a diverse group of people who were there, Stanley Nelson tells the vibrant story of a pivotal movement that feels timely all over again. Guests will enjoy a light soup supper courtesy of Cup ‘N’ Cork in Cape Girardeau. Learn more.

Discussion Moderators:


  • Lloyd Williams, Vice President, NAACP – Cape Girardeau;
  • Carl Kinnison, Instructor, Criminal Justice & Sociology, Southeast Missouri State University and former Cape Girardeau Police Chief
  • Dr. Hamner Hill, Chair, Political Science, Philosophy & Religion, Southeast Missouri State University
  • Dr. Morris Jenkins, Dean, College of Health & Human Services, Southeast Missouri State University.


  • Community activist Melvin “Pepper”Holder
  • Imam Abdul Haqq of the Islamic Center of Carbondale
  • Dr. Pamela Smoot, Clinical Assistant Professor, SIU African Studies

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