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  The young freedom fighters of the Black Panther Party, as brilliantly portrayed in the film Judas and the Black Messiah, were most certainly “uncompromising,” as described in Brian W. Major’s recent People’s World review. The recently released film, directed by Shaka King and starring Daniel Kaluuya, LaKeith Stanfield, Dominique Fishback, and Martin Sheen, unfolds a story of FBI and Chicago Police Department conspiracy both bitter and telling, with profound lessons for today’s movements. It’s a must-see for anyone interested in the Black Liberation movement of the 1960s in general, and the Black Panther Party in particular, with stellar performances to boot. Major’s treatment, however, while pointing to the historic importance of the Panthers and their rising young hero, Fred Hampton, lacks nuance and makes a number of misstatements of fact. The Panthers, for example, were a leading element of the 1960s New Left. Their ideological influences, like many in…

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“Judas and the Black Messiah”: A review