Michael D. McCarty
Michael D. McCarty is a professional storyteller of over 30 years and specializes in stories of the African diaspora. You might remember Michael D. McCarty from the film, The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution, which was shown in theaters across America. Michael has been a vegetarian since 1982. He heard about vegetarianism and started experimenting with not eating meat while he was in the army as a young man, and later heard that groups he liked were also vegetarian, including Earth Wind and Fire and the rock group YES who were mostly vegetarian. Michael was a member of the Black Panther Party (BPP) in Chicago in the ’60s and 70’s. He worked with BPP member Fred Hampton, whom he saw as a true leader and motivator.
He believes there is a lot more that can be learned from this past and adapted into today’s movement. Although the climate is different now, the same thing needs to happen: people need to speak out. Study what has happened in the past, including the mistakes of others, and always speak out and make it an obligation to do something when you see injustice. In closing and as a gift, Michael shares the books he recommends, including The Assassination of Fred Hampton, by Jeffery Haas; From the Ballot to the Bullet, by Jakobi Williams; Black Against the Empire, by Joshua Bloom and Waldo Martin, Jr.; Panther Baby, by Jamal Joseph; A Taste of Power, by Elaine Brown; and A Long Way Gone: Memoir of a Boy Soldier, by Ishmael Beah.