In words and photographs, POWER TO THE PEOPLE is the story of the Black Panther Party. Published on the 50th anniversary of its founding, this book is the in-depth chronicle of the controversial and revolutionary social organizationâ€”released at a time when the nation is once again roiled by the consequences of racial injustice. Stephen Shames, a student at the University of California, Berkeley, first encountered and photographed Panther Chairman Bobby Seale in April 1967 at an antiâ€“Vietnam War rally. Seale became a mentor to Shames, and Shames, in turn, became the most trusted photographer to the party, remaining by Sealeâ€™s side through his campaign for mayor of Oakland in 1973. POWER TO THE PEOPLE is a testament to their warm association: At its heart are Shamesâ€™s memorable images, accompanied by Sealeâ€™s colorful in-depth commentary. The book also features recollections of other living party membersâ€”including Kathleen Cleaver, Elbert â€œBig Manâ€ Howard, Billy X Jennings, among others.