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The Black Panther Party

Black Panther Party, original name Black Panther Party for Self-Defense, African American revolutionary party, founded in 1966 in Oakland, California, by Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale. The party’s original purpose was to patrol African American neighbourhoods to protect residents from acts of police brutality. The Panthers eventually developed into a Marxist revolutionary group that called for the arming of all African Americans, the exemption of African Americans from the draft and from all sanctions of so-called white America, the release of all African Americans from jail, and the payment of compensation to African Americans for centuries of exploitation by white Americans. At its peak in the late 1960s, Panther membership exceeded 2,000, and the organization operated chapters in several major American cities.

Duncan, Garrett Albert. "Black Panther Party". Encyclopedia Britannica, 


Bobby Seale : The 10 Point Program of The Black Panther Party (6 mins.)  From the Free Huey Rally, 1968. 


The Women of the Black Panther Party Mural Unveiling in West Oakland, 2021 (9 mins.) by Elizabeth Lopez.

Elizabeth Lopez studied journalism and cinema at City College of San Francisco. She is inspired by those who uplift their communities and she's driven to document events that mobilize and create a sense of belonging. 


A taste of power : a Black woman's story


Location: Mission / Circulating

Assata : an autobiography

Location: Rosenberg / 5th Floor Circulating

The Black Panthers Speak

Location: Rosenberg / 5th Floor Circulating

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