For anyone still in denial that pop superstar Beyonce's controversial Super Bowl halftime show was indeed a tribute to the Black Panthers, alumni of the domestic terrorist group themselves have expressed their support for her performance.
The National Alumni Association of the Black Panther Party (NAABPP) praised her on its website for her "tribute":
She and her dancers paid a millenials tribute to the 50th Anniversary of the Black Panther Party; by dressing in all black, sporting naturals and the signature black berets while dancing strategically at Super Bowl Halftime Show. What a beautiful honor, much respect to her!
The online news site The Griot also reported that former Black Panthers have offered up their support for Beyonce, who is seeing a growing backlash for her repellent performance. The Facebook page of the NAABPP has posted several items about it, including the following message from William Johnson, who joined the Black Panthers when he was 19:
As an original member of the Black Panther Party I thank Beyonce for her courage to make a statement on National TV. I am sure she understood the backlash that would follow her performance @ the 50th anniversary of the Super Bowl, so on behalf of The National Alumni Association of the Black Panther Party we thank you & salute you.
Johnson told The Grio that he singer’s performance helps educate younger generations who may not be aware of the organization’s history and impact:
“It opens the door for us to tell our true history. Because most of the youngsters, even a lot of the young activists, by the time, they were born, the Black Panther Party didn’t even exist but a lot of them had free breakfast in their schools. And a lot of them don’t know why. So it’s a chance for us to give them our true history and our legacy.”
If younger generations want a true history of the Black Panther Party, they should read the organization's profile page at the Horowitz Freedom Center's Discover the Networks resource site.