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  • Jamal Joseph was 15 when he joined the Black Panther Party.

  • After his time with the Black Panthers, Jamal Joseph devoted his career to activism through the arts.

    He is the founder of IMPACT Repertory Theater Company in Harlem—as well as an author, playwright, filmmaker, poet and professor at Columbia University.

  • Visit PBS Black Culture Connection to read more stories about civil rights photographers and the images that changed the world.

    Photographs and words by Stephen Shames

    Produced by Kristin Moe

    Share your own story of standing up for something you believe in.

    (A partnership with the Center for Digital Storytelling).

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