Speaker: Kimberly Marshall
Main Talk: Don Cox, Field Marshall of the Black Panther Party
Born in Missouri in 1936, Don Cox joined the Black Panther Party one year after its founding in 1966. Appointed as the party’s field marshal, known as “D.C.,” he was inducted into the party’s high command as a member of its central committee and founded the party’s San Francisco office. In 1970, he helped open the party’s international section in Algiers. Two years later, he resigned from the party. Except for a brief trip when he entered and exited the United States incognito, using a false passport, he lived in France in the village of Camps-sur-l’Agly, where he died at age seventy-four in February 2011. Continue to follow Cox’s legacy on Instagram: @field_marshall_dc.
Musician: Andre Hayward
Kimberly Ruth Vaughn Cox Marshall was born and raised in San Francisco, to Donald and Iris Cox. After attending schools in the San Francisco Bay Area, she worked in brokerage and investment banking firms before starting an IT career. Now retired, she lives in the East Bay with her husband and enjoys spending time with her sons, and grandsons.
Andre Hayward is a gifted trombonist with the sound and clarity reminiscent of the late J.J. Johnson. Born in Houston in 1973, Hayward’s first exposure to music was through his parents, Melvin and Barbara Hayward. He began playing trombone and tuba at the age of 11. He attended HSPVA, and continued to hone his skills with Houston’s legendary educator Conrad O. Johnson. He has recorded or performed with Betty Carter, Joe Williams, John Lewis, Kirk Whalum, The Duke Ellington Orchestra and many others. Hayward toured as lead trombonist with The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and the Duke Ellington Orchestra.
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