PHOTOPHILE- Sealed up: Black Panther rivets UVA

Civil rights activist and Black Panther Party co-founder Bobby Seale spoke to a packed house in the auditorium of UVA's special collections library Thursday, Februrary 22.

Instead of a formal presentation, the former revolutionary offered a low-key, freewheeling account of his memories from the Black Panthers' tumultuous early years in the late '60s and early '70s. He also revealed that he hopes his story will find a wider audience on the silver screen, noting that he has been in talks with several Hollywood executives about a movie he believes will clarify what he considers misconceptions about the Panthers.

Seale, who was convicted of inciting to riot as a member of the infamous "Chicago Eight," met one-on-one with attendees when he signed books after his speech.

Bobby Seale

Students and community members packed the auditorium

Alem Asefa and Jennifer Rosser listen closely

It was so crowded that Monwabisi Makola sat on the stage

Seale regales