A Look Back at a Powerful Moment in New Orleans’s History

By Orissa Arend
Foreword by Charles E. Jones
Introduction by Curtis J. Austin

Showdown in Desire portrays the Black Panther Party in New Orleans in 1970, a year that included a shootout with the police on Piety Street, the creation of survival programs, and the daylong standoff between the Panthers and the police in the Desire housing development. Through interviews with Malik Rahim, the Panther; Robert H. King, Panther and member of the Angola 3; Larry Preston Williams, the black policeman; Moon Landrieu, the mayor; Henry Faggen, the Desire resident; Robert Glass, the white lawyer; Jerome LeDoux, the black priest; William Barnwell, the white priest; and many others, Orissa Arend tells a nuanced story that unfolds amid guns, tear gas, desperate poverty, oppression, and inflammatory rhetoric to capture the palpable spirit of rebellion, resistance, and revolution of an incendiary summer in New Orleans.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Geronimo ji Jaga Says:

A must read for any serious student of the Liberation Struggles of the '60s. . .and the pernicious attacks on it's Vanguard Forces by Hoover's Hooligans. . .Orissa Arend has penned a Magnum Opus in her most salutatory expose into the Heroic Acts of Resistance from our Southern Freedom Fighters. A most welcome breath of fresh literary air so needed to clear out the concoctions of those expensive liars who have so craftily fouled the air with their vicious lies for too many years. Amandla!!!

ji Jaga, who was raised in Morgan City, Louisiana served two combat tours in the Vietnam War before becoming the Minister of Defense of the former Black Panther Party. He currently works as a human rights activist through an organization he founded, the Kuji Foundation Inc..

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