In Panther Baby, Jamal Joseph, an autobiography, tells about his life and his experiences as a member, later becomes a leader of Black Panther Party in New York City and a prison in Leavenworth, Kansas during between 1960’s and 1980’s. He writes this book, Panther Baby, of his personal story in which he shares his experiences in the Black Panther Party, New York and Leavenworth, Kansas. This paper will review Joseph’s story and will have an evaluation and ethical analysis that focus on our course’s theme of ethics and social responsibility.
This story narrates about Joseph’s experiences in Black Panther Party in New York City and a prison in Leavenworth. Black Panther Party is a At the beginning of the story, Joseph’s first name was Eddie, however, his name was changed in which he got new name “Jamal” from James or Rhaheem whose is a leader of Black Panther Party, when Joseph joined the party at sixteen because he was angry that he heard Martin Luther King, Jr. was murdered. He joined it and earned the black power to stop the violence between the cops and African Americans. He learned a lot about Black Panther Party and Ten-Point Program. He was very busy in the party and did not go the school and church so much. At the climax of the story, he was arrested in the prison along with Panther 21 because according to the cops, they violated the crime, which they blow up the department stores, police station and the railroad tracks. He spent his time in two jails in Riker Island for 11 months and Leavenworth 12 and half years and met new people in there. He was released first jail but he ended up arrested again and went to the jail in Leavenworth because he violated a crime in club in the Bronx in order to get the drugs and money. In end of the story, he learned his lessons since he joined the Black Panther Party and turned over a new leaf during the period in Leavenworth. He learned a lot of things from reading the books from the library, the plays in the auditorium and made new friends there in Leavenworth. He was released on Christmas Eve in 1987 and worked part-time jobs and another jobs. He was having a happy ending with his new family.
The most compelling characters were Jamal (Eddie Joseph), Noonie, Yedwa and Voza. Jamal is both protagonist and antagonist because he was intelligent at his young age but when he joined the party, he was allowed himself to be influenced by violent crimes and turned his intelligence to illegal activities. Later, he finally realized his mistakes along the way in his life and turned over a new leaf. Voza was the executive producer of Harlem’s New Heritage Theatre. He produced many hundreds of plays and concerts and performed some plays. Jamal established IMPACT Repertory Theatre with Voza from withdrawing their money from their own bank accounts. According to the book, both Jamal and Voza started out the ideas for a program to help individuals and the process to build a community of artistic changes...