The Black Panther Party

By Tanesha Smith

  • The Black Panthers came to be in California in 1966 and played a short and important role in the civil rights movement.
  • The Black Panthers believed that the non-violent protest that Martin Luther King Jr. instructed had failed and any promised changes to their lifestyle would take too long to be introduced.
  • The language of the Black Panther was violence as their public stance.
  • The founders of the Black Panther Party were Huey Percy Newton and Bobby Seale.
  • The Black Panther Party had 4 desires : {Equality In}- education, housing,employment and civil rights.
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Oakland, Calfornia is where the Black Panthers formed.

Heuy Newton and Bobby Seale

Were the founding members of the Black Panther movement that radicalized the civil rights movement in America.Newton and Bobby Seale started the Black Panther Party for self-defense in October 1966 which represented the black community.Under the leadership of Newton and Seale the Black Panthers first targeted the police of Oakland.They believed that the police had a history of harassing the black community of the city and they decided to police the police to ensure that the black community got a fair deal from them. The Constitution gave American citizens the “right to be arms” and this is exactly what the Black Panthers did.Newton, along with Seale, wrote the ’Black Panther Party Platform and Program’ which laid out what the Black Panthers wanted – full employment for the black American community, full civil rights, good housing, good educational facilities etc.This was there 4 desires for the black community.And they also preached for a "revolutionary war" but though they considered themselves an African-American party, they were willing to speak out for all those who were oppressed from whatever minority group.They helped the Black Panthers have an important role the civil rights movement in America.
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Heuy Newton

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Bobby Seale

The Black Panther Party

The original name is the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense, African American revolutionary party, founded in 1966 in Oakland, California, by Heuy Newton and Bobby Seale. The party’s original purpose was to patrol African American neighboor hoods to protect residents from acts of police brutality.
The Black Panther Party combined elements of socialism and Black Nationalism. , it promoted the development of strong Black-controlled institutions, calling for Blacks to work together to protect their rights and to improve their economic and social conditions. The Panthers also emphasized class unity, criticizing the Black middle class for acting against the interests of other, less fortunate Blacks.
The Black Panther Party Documentary

A Short Video on the Black Panther Party