The Black Panther Oakland Community School
Community Archives, Activism and Storytelling Research Cluster

The Mission

UC Irvine’s Black Panther Oakland Community School Research Cluster (BPOCSRC) formed in Spring 2021 to advance research, teaching, and learning about the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense community survival programs through public programs, exhibitions, community archives, and digital project development.

Thank you to the donors who have supported undergraduate summer research fellows: Jim Guerinot, Mary Watson-Bruce, and the Parent Engagement Anteater Grant Initiative. Graduate student summer fellows have been supported by the the UCI Humanities Center's Humanities Out There Public Fellows program (including funding from the Mellon Foundation), the Office of Research, and the Schools of Social Sciences and Social Ecology.


Take a look at the exciting past and upcoming announcements involving the BPOCSRC!

BPOCSRC 2024 UCI Undergraduate Summer Fellowship Applications Available February 15th

Applications for the BPOCSRC Summer Fellowship for UC Irvine undergraduates opens Thursday, February 15, 2024. The deadline is March 4, 2024. Please send any questions to

Preserving Stories, Shaping Futures

UC Irvine's School of Humanities highlights the work being done by through the partnership of The OCS Project and UCI Humanities Center's Black Panther Oakland Community School Community Archives, Activism, and Storytelling Research Cluster (BPOCSRC)..

March 2024

March Archivist Conversation:
"Revolutionary Women, Revolutionary Education" Revisited

In 2009, ericka huggins and Angela D. LeBlanc-Ernest co-authored a book chapter about women and the Oakland Community School. OCS Project Director LeBlanc-Ernest will revisit that article in light of the OCS archival material that has come available since the original article was published 15 years ago in Want to Start a Revolution? Radical Women in the Black Freedom Struggle (eds. Gore, Theoharis, and Woodard, NYU Press, 2009).

March 2, 2024 at 4pm CST

About Archivist Conversations:
Archivist conversations are a collection of conversations regarding the history and the Legacy of the Oakland Community School.

These discussions draw upon the archival material and experiential resources such as documents, oral histories, and multimedia material. They are a part of The OCS Project's yearlong commemoration of the Oakland Community School.

Let’s explore this topic through interactive conversation with the RSVP button below!

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Curating resources and information for researchers and community members alike to learn the history of the Black Panther Party’s flagship educational program is central to The OCS Project’s mission.


Creating digital projects is one of the primary ways The OCS Project endeavors to archive and share the history and encourage community engagement.


Collaborating was a hallmark of the Oakland Community School’s success and it is in the same spirit that The OCS Project seeks to accomplish its current and future project goals.

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