(Memphis) Dr. Martin Luther King preached non-violence, but one of the exhibits expanded during the renovations has to do with African-Americans who protested in a different way.
This weekend, one of those on hand for the re-opening of the National Civil Rights Museum was Black Panther co-founder Bobby Seale.
“I had 39 different organizational groups and of course I was honored when Dr. Ralph Abernathy called me to say that Dr. King would request that I work with him. I said, yes sir. No two words about it,” said Seale.
The $27.5 million expansion and renovation includes more information on the Black Panther Party. It’s a movement Seale hopes young people get to know more about.
“We were about all power to all the people, not the corporate money rich. It’s not their country. It’s our country, the people’s country, the masses,” said Seale.
He added, “They need to have an understanding of that continuing liberation struggle and that’s what it’s all about. It always was.”
The Black Panther Party raised awareness in the ’60s of African-American’s right to bear arms.
But Seale says that’s not all they were about. They were about helping the community.
That’s one big value he shared with King.
Seale is continuing to spread the word about liberating the community but he’s doing it in a different way.
He’s helping film makers as they produce a movie about his life and the civil rights movement for the big screen.
Seale will give reflections during the National Civil Right Museum’s grand opening celebration on April 5th.