Martin Luther King Jr And The Civil Rights Movement

1134 Words May 17th, 2016 5 Pages
Panther Power
When we think of the Civil Rights Movement, we often think of the most prominent leaders like Martin Luther King Jr, Rosa Parks, and Malcolm X who’ve surely paved the way for the beginning of the movement. However many times we overlook the ones who aren’t talked about in the classrooms during Black History Month, or when we’re discussing the Civil Rights Movement. In response, I dedicate my paper on an African-American Organization to those who promoted the freedom and rights of Black Americans and minorities just as much as Martin Luther King Jr or any other leader or organization during the movement. The greatly controversial Black Panther Party (BPP)
In October of 1966 in Oakland, California, Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale founded The Black Panther Party for Self-Defense. They adopted their Black Panther symbol from an independent political party established the previous year. While they both attended college, they dreamed of a racially equal America and wanted to actively participate in the Civil Rights Movement but knew they couldn’t do it alone. After meeting and formally adding Elbert “Big Man” Howard, Sherman Forte, Reggie Forte, “Little” Bobby Hutton, Angela Davis and later Elaine Brown. They struggled as to where to the party should enter the movement and after the killing of an unarmed black male in Oakland they found their calling. In their all black ensemble, powder blue shirts, and shotguns, the Panthers began establishing patrols in black…
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