The San Jose Earthquakes are part of a coalition of five Bay Area professional sports teams representing BAY AREA UNITE that's joining forces with the Dr. Huey P Newton Foundation to rally community engagement and awareness for Black History Month.
The Quakes will be joined by the Golden State Warriors, the San Francisco 49ers, the Oakland Athletics and Oakland Roots SC for “The Black Panther Party Celebration of Activism” virtual program that's being broadcast via Facebook Live and YouTube on Feb. 24 at 3 pm ET. The event will feature a tribute to the “Black Panther Party 10 Program; What We Want, What We Believe,” special performances and an exclusive look into Judas and the Black Messiah.
San Jose forward Chris Wondolowski is also slated to make a virtual appearance.
“The legacy of the Black Panthers and their focus on food justice continues to inspire activism in the Bay Area," Earthquakes director of community relations Rahul Devaskar said in a release. "Because of the Panthers' support of school-based nutrition programs, our club learned about the importance and need in supporting young people in our communities through food justice programs. Their legacy and activism have helped inform the creation of our own food insecurity initiative — Pledge 74."
The Dr. Huey P. Newton Foundation is a Bay Area-based foundation that's dedicated to preserving the history, ideals and legacy of Newton, the founder of the Black Panther Party.