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Black Panthers

Black Panthers



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Reliving the Revolution
Reliving the Revolution of Black NationalismA Retrospective of the Black Panther Party for Self-DefenseR. Leigh Baker Humanities 105: Black Thought & CultureDr. Bennie C. Thompson9 March 2009
Reliving the Revolution
AbstractThe Black Panther Party for Self-Defense was the premier Black Nationalist groupin the 1960s. Emerging in 1966, the Party’s goals were community activism and protection against police brutality, while making strides for equality in the blaccommunity. Two Men, Huey P. Newton, and Bobby Seale, created thisorganization after witnessing injustices in their local communities. Their ideas and philosophies touched a nation of neighborhoods and communities of disenchantedand despondent Blacks. Their self-defense tactics along with their outreach programs provided Blacks from all lifestyles with a sense of unification. Thisunification, along with the methods used to achieve this goal, attracted theattention of the Federal Government, which used covert tactics in its intent todestroy the Black Party. This infiltration, along with party divisions led to thedemise of this great organization. The Party legacy is debatable to some, andobvious to others. Never the less, the revolution of the Black Panther Party isapparent in the foundations of similar groups, and resonates in the voices of a new,inspired generation.
Reliving the Revolution
The Black Panther Party (BPP) was one of the most prominent Black Power organizations to emerge during the 1960s. It organized thousands of militant Blacks who were committed to an armed struggle and socialist revolution.A massive state repression campaign used infiltration and deadly force to exploit political differences and add to the internal chaos inside the organization, whichcontributed to its demise. With its origins in 1966 thru the height of the party inthe early 1970s the Black Panther Party, not only stirred up a nation, but left alegacy still apparent today; long after the party’s demise in the early 1980s.Robert George Seale, better known as Bobby Seale, and Huey Percy Newton, founded the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense in Oakland, CA inOctober of 1966. The original inspiration was the Lowndes County FreedomOrganization (LCFO), an organization created by the Student NonviolentCoordinating Committee (SNCC), which utilized electoral and militant politicalstrategies of building independent black power. Many leaders of the SNCC, likeStokely Carmichael, felt that most blacks in the region viewed working with whitesas dangerous, and nonviolent activism was a suicide mission. The LCFO chose asnarling black panther as the organization’s symbol, which represented the black leaders of the organization. Soon, with media recognition, the LCFO came to bethe Black Panther Party.The LCFO activists willingly armedthemselves in self-defense, a tactic thatinspired black militants everywhere, especially those following the teachings of 

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