'Virgin Soul': Alum Judy Juanita Discusses Experiences with Black Panthers, SF State Activists

Friday, June 19, 2020

BOOKWAVES, KPFA-FM (BERKELEY) -- Judy Juanita, author of the novel “Virgin Soul,” in conversation with host Richard Wolinsky.

Juanita is a poet, novelist and playwright. In her younger days, as Judy Hart, while at San Francisco State, she served as editor in chief of The Black Panther newspaper, and lived in one of the Black Panther safe houses in 1967. Along the way she came to know such figures as Bobby Seale and Huey Newton.

In 2013, her first novel, “Virgin Soul,” was published. It’s a fictionalized memoir of her life in the Black student movement and with the Panthers. This interview, recorded recorded in spring 2013, goes into detail about her life during the Panther days, about the relationship of the book to actual history and about Juanita’s life after the Panthers.