Tarika Lewis was the first Sister to join the Black Panther Party for Self Defense back in 1967. Known at that time as Matilaba, joining as a student @ Oakland Tech. She helped bring many students from Tech into the party and helped Tech to establish the first BSU in the city. Tarika has always been a mufti talented person her roots run deep in Oakland. Her father a former Black Businessmen and Gym owner was a middleweight champ back in the day.
Tarika was the role model for many Sisters who would join the BPP in the early days, one her many skills was drawing, she worked side by side with Brother Emory Douglas, many of hers images can be found in early issues of the BPP newspaper under Matilaba. She also helped reestablished the Black Panther newspaper in the early 1990’s