very corner of Billy X Jennings' home is filled with memorabilia. The walls are barely visible behind a sea of posters and banners. Every available surface is carefully decorated with mugs, statues, newspapers and pamphlets -- all of it forming a living shrine to Black Panther history.
Jennings' house, on a tree-lined residential street in Sacramento, has become the de facto museum and archive of the Panthers. He also runs an online archive to preserve the Black Panther Party's legacy and connect alumni.
"I have always been a collector since I was a kid. I collected stamps, coins, comic books," says Jennings, who is a former Panther. But he put those hobbies aside when he became politicized in the crucible of the 1960s.
Thirty years later, he began gathering photos for a Black Panthers reunion. Rifling through the old memorabilia sparked that old passion, but this time with a new focus -- the completion of what Jennings calls the most extensive archive of Black Panther materials.