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"The Black Panther Party (BPP) was founded in Oakland, California, by Huey Newton and Bobby Seale in October 1966. Newton became the party's defense minister, and Seale its chairman. The BPP advocated black self-defense and restructuring American society to make it more politically, economically, and socially equal."
Source: "Black Panther Party." Africana: The Encyclopedia of the African and African American Experience, Second Edition. Ed. Kwame Anthony Appiah, Henry Louis Gates Jr.New York: Oxford UP, 2008. Oxford African American Studies Center.
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It's About Time
Black Panther Healthcare
Photo: Co-founders Huey Newton and Bobby Seale
In Search of the Black Panther Party by
Call Number: E185.615 .I453 2006
Publication Date: 2006-10-31
Controversy swirled around the Black Panthers from the moment the revolutionary black nationalist Party was founded in Oakland, California, in 1966. Since that time, the group that J. Edgar Hoover called "the single greatest threat to the nation's internal security" has been celebrated and denigrated, deified and vilified. Rarely, though, has it received the sort of nuanced analysis offered in this rich interdisciplinary collection.
Up Against the Wall by
Call Number: E185.615 .A88 2006
Publication Date: 2006-11-01
Chronicles how violence brought about the founding of the Black Panther Party in 1966 by Huey P Newton and Bobby Seale, dominated its policies, and finally destroyed the party as one member after another - Eldridge Cleaver, Fred Hampton, Alex Rackley - left the party, was killed, or was imprisoned.
Liberation, Imagination and the Black Panther Party by
Call Number: E185.615 .L4777 2001
Publication Date: 2001-03-22
This fascinating book gathers reflections by scholars and activists who consider the impact of the Black Panther Party, the BBP, the most significant revolutionary organization in the later 20th century.
Body and Soul by
Call Number: RA488.5.N4 N45 2011
Publication Date: 2013-09-01
Between its founding in 1966 and its formal end in 1980, the Black Panther Party blazed a distinctive trail in American political culture. The Black Panthers are most often remembered for their revolutionary rhetoric and militant action. Here Alondra Nelson deftly recovers an indispensable but lesser-known aspect of the organization's broader struggle for social justice: health care.
The Revolution Has Come by
Call Number: E185.615 .S697 2016
Publication Date: 2016-12-02
In The Revolution Has Come Robyn C. Spencer traces the Black Panther Party's organizational evolution in Oakland, California, where hundreds of young people came to political awareness and journeyed to adulthood as members. Challenging the belief that the Panthers were a projection of the leadership, Spencer draws on interviews with rank-and-file members, FBI files, and archival materials to examine the impact the organization's internal politics and COINTELPRO's political repression had on its evolution and dissolution.
Black Against Empire by
Call Number: E185.615 .B5574 2013
Publication Date: 2013-01-14
In Oakland, California, in 1966, community college students Bobby Seale and Huey Newton armed themselves, began patrolling the police, and promised to prevent police brutality. Unlike the Civil Rights Movement that called for full citizenship rights for blacks within the U.S., the Black Panther Party rejected the legitimacy of the U.S. government and positioned itself as part of a global struggle against American imperialism.
The Black Panther Party by
Call Number: online
Publication Date: 2008-05-01
The Black Panther Party represents Black Panther Party members' coordinated responses over the last four decades to the failure of city, state, and federal bureaucrats to address the basic needs of their respective communities. The Party pioneered free social service programs that are now in the mainstream of American life. The Party's Sickle Cell Anemia Research Foundation, operated with Oakland's Children's Hospital, was among the nation's first such testing programs. Its Free Breakfast Program served as a model for national programs. Other initiatives included free clinics, grocery giveaways, school and education programs, senior programs, and legal aid programs. Published here for the first time in book form, The Black Panther Party makes the case that the programs' methods are viable models for addressing the persistent, basic social injustices and economic problems of today's American cities and suburbs.
Black Panther Party Exhibit
Feb. 12: Black Panther Party Historian Mr. Billy Jennings will speak in Trimble Forum, 4:00-6:00
Mr. Jennings hosts a Black Panther Party website.