Black Panther Party Essay

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The Black Panther Party

My survey paper for Assignment 4 is on the Black Panther Party. I will discuss the rise and the fall of the Black Panther Party and how Huey Newton and Bobby Seale met. I will also discuss some of the goals of the Black Panther Party, the good the party did for the black and poor communities. I will also discuss what they hoped to achieve from their movement.

Huey Newton and Bobby Seale founded the Black Panther Party (BPP) in Oakland, California in 1966. The original name of the Black Panther Party was the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense. Huey Newton was illiterate when he graduated from high school. Newton taught himself how to read. Seale had served in the Air Force. Newton and Seale met while both
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Not everyone agreed with the Black Panther Party. The media distorted a lot of things. The Black Panther Party was viewed as Black militants at war with the White power structure and of hating the police. The Black Panther Party considered this view a false view. The members of the Black Panther Party did have strong feelings about the use of violence and the police. “I say violence is as necessary as cherry pie is to America”, H. Rap Brown, Justice Minister, Black Panther Party. Bobby Seale was charged and convicted of conspiracy to violently disrupt the Democratic National Convention of 1968. The conviction was later overturned. Seale was also a codefendant in a Connecticut case charging murder of an alleged informer on the party. Seale was acquitted in 1971. Another major trial was of 13 Panthers in New York City accused of conspiring to bomb public places. They were also acquitted in 1971. Huey Newton was jailed for manslaughter after Officer John Frey died in a shootout with the Black Panther Party in 1968. This kicked off the “Free Huey” campaign. Later the charges were dropped. After this campaign, the Black Panther Party went National. The Black Panther Party expanded with chapters in 48 states. Black Panther Party coalition and support groups popped up in Japan, China, France, England, Germany, Sweden, Mozambique, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Uruguay and including Israel. The results of the trials caused many to believe that the Black Panthers were being subjected

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