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Frank Moore's Shaman's Den
Ericka Huggins
 Frank Moore  Contact Contributor
Frank and Ericka talk deeply about the history/philosophy of the Oakland Community School, formed by the Black Panther Party, and so much more ... her life, ideas and Frank's presidential education policies ...
Frank Moore (with Linda Mac & Erika Shaver-Nelson) interviews Ericka Huggins live on his weekly program "Frank Moore's Shaman's Den" which airs on Love Underground Visionary Revolution (LUVeR)

i found my secretary of education! on this show we fleshed out what my education policies will look like...while talking about her life. this is one of the most important shows that we have ever done...also warm and down-home!
-- Frank Moore


"Ericka Huggins is a human rights activist, poet and teacher, as well as a former Black Panther leader and political prisoner. For the past 25 years, she has lectured throughout the United States, where her extraordinary life experiences enable her to speak personally and eloquently on issues relating to the physical and emotional well-being of women and children, youth, incarceration, education, and the role of the spiritual practice in sustaining activism and promoting change.

"As the result of her 14-year tenure as a leader of the Black Panther Party (the longest of any women in leadership), she brings a unique, complete and honest perspective to the much debated challenges and successes of the Black Panther Party.

"Huggins' political activism began in 1963, when she attended the March on Washington and committed to moving from the sidelines to the frontlines in the global human rights movement. In 1969, at age 18, she became a leader in the Los Angeles chapter of the Black Panther Party with her husband John Huggins. Three weeks after the birth of their daughter, John Huggins was killed and Huggins was widowed. After returning her husband's body to New Haven, Connecticut, Ericka opened a Panther chapter there.

"In May 1969, Huggins and fellow Party leader Bobby Seale were targeted and arrested on conspiracy charges sparking "Free Bobby, Free Ericka" rallies across the country. The resulting trial, one of the longest and most celebrated of the era, spawned several books. While awaiting trial for 2 years before charges were dropped, including time in solitary confinement, Huggins taught herself to meditate as a means of survival. From this time on, she would incorporate spiritual practice into her community work and teaching as a tool for change - not only for herself, but for all people.

"A lifelong writer and poet, upon release from prison in 1972, Huggins became writer and editor for the Black Panther Intercommunal News Service. Her book of poetry chronicling her experience of imprisonment and liberation, Insights and Poems, co-authored with Huey P. Newton, was published in 1974. Her poetry and writings have appeared in numerous magazines and books.

"From 1973-1981 Huggins was Director of the Oakland Community School, a groundbreaking community-run child development center and elementary school founded by the Black Panther Party. She created the vision for the innovative curriculum for the school, which became a model for and predecessor to the charter school movement. In 1976, Huggins became both the first woman and the first Black person to be appointed to the Alameda County Board of Education.

"In 1979, ten years after her release from prison, Huggins returned to California state and county prisons and jails to teach Hatha Yoga and meditation through the Siddha Yoga Prison Project. A focus of her volunteer effort was her work with incarcerated youth. She has continued this work with adults and, in addition, has continued to teach in homes for foster and adopted children and pregnant teens. For the past 15 years, she has also taught relaxation and mindfulness in California youth correctional facilities in addition to many Northern California public school districts and community colleges.

"In 1990, at the height of public awareness of HIV/AIDS, Huggins was the first woman practical support volunteer coordinator at the world-renowned Shanti Project. She also developed a unique volunteer support program for women and children with HIV in the Tenderloin and Mission districts of San Francisco. During her time at Shanti Project, Huggins helped develop city-wide programs for the support of gay, lesbian, bi-sexual and questioning youth with HIV/AIDS.

"Currently Huggins is a professor in Women's Studies and brings her legacy of spiritual activism and social justice to her teaching."
-- written by Shani Peters


Frank Moore was born with Cerebral Palsy. Self-taught, Frank has been painting since 1965. His work has been exhibited around the U.S. and Canada. In addition to oil on canvas, he also does live performance and video.

Frank Moore first came to be known in the 70's as the creator of the popular cabaret show, The Outrageous Beauty Revue. In the 80's he became one of the U.S.'s foremost performance artists. In 1992 he was voted Best Performance Artist by the San Francisco Bay Guardian. In the early 90's he was targeted by Senator Jesse Helms. Since 1991 Frank Moore has been the publisher and editor of the acclaimed underground zine, The Cherotic r(E)volutionary.

In addition to his book, Cherotic Magic and numerous other self-published pieces, Frank Moore has been widely published in various art and other periodicals.

Frank Moore's video works are award winning and have shown throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Frank Moore has a large, extensive web site which features his and other artists' audio, video and visual artwork. Frank Moore founded the internet audio/video station, Love Underground Vision Radio (LUVeR) in 1999. In 2000 Frank started his cable public access 2 1/2 hr. weekly television show, Frank Moore's Unlimited Possibilities.

Frank is now running for President of the United States in 2008! See for more information.

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01:52:19 1 June 29, 2008
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