Young Lords founder and former Black Panther leader to discuss radicalism and activism


Felipe Luciano, the founder and chairman of the Young Lords Party, and Elaine Brown, former chairman of the Black Panther Party, will speak at Binghamton University as part of a racial awareness series. Luciano will speak at Thursday, November 14, in Lecture Hall 14. The series continues on Wednesday, November 20, with a presentation by Brown in Lecture Hall 1. Both presentations begin at 7:30 p.m. and are free and open to the public.

Luciano has broken barriers and pioneered new ground throughout his entire adult life. As founder and chairman of the Young Lords Party, Luciano’s commitment to community empowerment, ethnic pride and civil rights was pivotal in changing the color and complexion of politics, culture and society from New York to Puerto Rico. Luciano's impact was so lasting and vital that he is continually asked to advise state and local government leaders and corporations on issues affecting growing markets, the Latino community, coalition building, diversity and multiculturalism.

Beyond his work in the community, Luciano has been successful in all areas of entertainment and media including television, radio, lectures, music, poetry, journalism and stage productions. From opening up network news as the first Puerto Rican news anchor on a network broadcast for WNBC, through the genesis of Spoken Word and rap music as a member of the Original Last Poets, Luciano has not only successfully challenged stereotypes, but also predicted and created changing trends and tastes in the industry and their related markets.

Elaine Brown is not only the first female leader of the Black Panther Party, one of the most influential militant civil rights groups in the United States but also a writer, an activist and a lecturer. She is the acclaimed author of A Taste of Power: A Black Woman’s Story, her autobiography, and more recently The Condemnation of Little B, a cutting-edge social commentary on what it means to be Black or African in North America.

A radical scholar-activist, Brown is an outspoken advocate of reparations for enslaved African descendents. She is a founding member of Mothers Advocating Juvenile Justice (MAJJ) and president of Field of Flowers, Inc. a non-profit organization whose focus is on education.

The racial awareness series is sponsored by the Coloniality Working Group, the Master’s of Social Science Graduate Student Organization (MASS-GSO), Phi Iota Alpha, Off Campus College Meeting, the Multicultural Resource Center, the Convocations Committee, the Women’s Studies Program, the African Studies Department, the Black Student Union (BSU), the Latin American Student Union (LASU), the Sociology Graduate Student Union (SGSU), the Philosophy, Interpretation and Culture Graduate Program (PIC), the Graduate Student Organization (GSO), the History Department and Delta Sigma Theta, Inc.

For more information, contact the University’s Multicultural Resource Center at 777-4472.

Last Updated: 9/17/13