From the Streets to the Classroom and The Box Office: Chapter and Verse
My involvement in the Black Panther party taught me at an early age, the power of organizing, the power of standing up to the system, and also the power of organizing united fronts.
My Columbia story is something I’m very excited about, because it combines my work as a filmmaker with my work as a teacher. It has to do with my film, Chapter and Verse. It’s opened to great reviews and it all came together here at Columbia. It’s been shot, directed, edited and more by alums of the program here, including Jamal Joseph Jr., my son. So, the work on the screen really reflects the storytelling here at Columbia.
Fifty years after the founding of the Black Panther Party, I still believe in principles of “All Power To The People”. I believe in class struggle and in human dignity, and so that informs a lot of what I do in terms of my work as an artist activist.
Watch an interview with Professor Jamal Joseph below.