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Galloway invites Black Panthers to Parliament after Obama victory

PUBLISHED: 11:55 05 November 2008 | UPDATED: 13:44 05 October 2010

TWO former Black Panther members from the US appear at a public meeting at the Houses of Parliament tonight (Wednesday) with MP George Galloway. Share a platform with the Respect MP for Bethnal Green & Bow are Emory Douglas and Billy X to discuss the aftermath of the American Presidential election results

TWO former Black Panther members from the US appear at a public meeting at the Houses of Parliament tonight (Wednesday) with MP George Galloway.

Sharing a platform with the Respect MP for Bethnal Green & Bow are Emory Douglas and Billy X to discuss the aftermath of the American Presidential election results.

The Black Panther Party started in the mid 1960s to promote Black Power and self-defense through social agitation was active in the US for a decade before its support waned.

The meeting in the Grand Committee Room is being organised by the Black Panther commemoration committee and Respect at 6.30pm.

Meanwhile, Galloway spoke out this morning to welcome Barack Obama’s victory in the election to become the 44th President of the United States.

“Obama became the front runner because he opposed the war on Iraq,” Galloway said.

“Now he is the first black man to lead the most powerful nation on earth.

“This is an historic day, when tens of millions of Americans voted for a fundamental change of direction from the appalling Bush era.”

There were great challenges ahead to restore the world economy, Galloway acknowledged—but he was confident people were now feeling more optimistic.

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