Five famous members of the Black Panther Party

Black Panther Party

October 16, marked the 52 anniversary founding of the Black Panther Party. The Panthers were founded by Bobby Seale and Huey P. Newton in Oakland, California.  The Black Panther Party advocated and stood for racial dignity, self-reliance, class unity, development of strong African-American controlled institutions and African-Americans working together. The Party began social activities like free breakfast for children and community health clinics. While they were active, the Party patrolled their streets, monitored police activity and kept the community protected from police brutality. There was even a time when The Black Panther Party was viewed as a threat to "American values." Even the FBI dedicated time and effort to criminalize, discredit and undermine the Party’s leadership. Director of the FBI, J. Edgar Hoover, stated that The Black Panther Party was "the greatest threat to the internal security of the country.” The Black Panther Party established more than 50 chapters and branches before it was dissolved in 1982. Although, the Party started locally, they had some famous members that you should be aware of.

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