Former Black Panther ‘Mama C’ to Speak March 19 at Ohio Wesleyan

Charlotte O’Neal is Founding Director of Tanzania’s United African Alliance Community Center
Charlotte “Mama C” O’Neal

Charlotte “Mama C” O’Neal

DELAWARE, Ohio – Ohio Wesleyan University will host a presentation March 19 by Charlotte “Mama C” O’Neal, a former Black Panther living in Tanzania. She and her husband, Pete O’Neal, are featured in the award-winning PBS documentary, “A Panther in Africa.”

Charlotte O’Neal will speak at 7 p.m. March 19 in Ohio Wesleyan’s Bayley Room, located on the second floor of Beeghly Library, 43 Rowland Ave., Delaware. The event is free and open to the public.

O’Neal, an accomplished poet, musician, and visual artist, and her husband, founded the United African Alliance Community Center in Arusha, Tanzania, to promote community development in rural Africa. They also operate the Leaders of Tomorrow Children’s Home. The PBS documentary, part of the media outlet’s “Global Voices” programming, shares how the couples’ past as Black Panthers impact their work among the urban and village youth of East Africa and America.

While on campus, O’Neal, author of “Warrior Woman of Peace,” also will spend time with students discussing her life’s work. Ohio Wesleyan students spend time with the O’Neals when studying abroad as part of the OWU in Tanzania program.

Learn more about the OWU in Tanzania program at See the PBS documentary at

Founded in 1842, Ohio Wesleyan University is one of the nation’s premier liberal arts universities. Located in Delaware, Ohio, the private, coed university offers more than 90 undergraduate majors, minors, and concentrations, and competes in 23 NCAA Division III varsity sports. Ohio Wesleyan combines a challenging, internationally focused curriculum with off-campus learning and leadership opportunities to connect classroom theory with real-world practice. OWU’s 1,850 students represent 42 states and 37 countries. Ohio Wesleyan is featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives,” listed on the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction, and included in the U.S. News & World Report and Princeton Review “best colleges” lists. Learn more at

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