"John Ridley’s Guerilla came under understandable fire last week as viewers of the first episode questioned why the dramatisation of the activities of the Black British Panthers in the 1970s featured no black Women in leading roles. Those versed in this period of resistance were quick to point out that de-centring the role of black women was simply ahistorical. In Kehinde Andrews’ words “Black women weren’t just part of the history of the black power movement; they led it in Britain”.
Disappointment also resounded as by writing black women out of history, Ridley, like so many before him, failed to acknowledge the relentless and admirable contributions of black British Women in resistance movements. TV dramatisations aside, luckily there are other resources that we can reference to remind ourselves that black British women have been slaying from day, treading truly heroic footsteps that we can follow in.
Here are five badass Black Panther women whose names we should all know and never forget."