The Black Panther Party Fought For Civil Rights

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What was the Black Panther Party for Self Defense? During the turbulent 1960’s, the Black Panther party was initially established to protect the black community from police brutality. The Black Panther Party grew its membership by appealing to the sense of hopelessness in black American people. Although widely known for violence, the Black Panther Party had goals to organize and service the black and oppressed communities. Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale wrote an outline for the BPP, the Ten Point Program, which set the objective for members to follow. The BPP seemed to grow in membership for all the wrong reasons. Despite their reputation, the BPP did manage to successfully put into effect many survival programs within black and…show more content…
He made a statement that 1969 would end the life of the Black Panther Party. However, by 1969, the Black Panther Party had grown to a membership of nearly 10,000. The BPP inspired many young, black Americans. They gained confidence and self-esteem. The Black Panther Party offered them a chance to rise above the class struggle, gangs and drugs. Conflicts between the Party members and police had been continuous. All of them were violent and ended up with attacks and arrests of BPP members. In April 1969 twenty one Panthers were arrested for conspiracy. The police raided BPP offices in New York and Panthers were arrested. On May 11th, 1969 rallies were held all over America to “Free Huey”. He was later released in August of that year The radical methods and revolutionary rhetoric prevented some people from seeing the positive impacts of the organization on the black and minority communities. There is no doubt that the Black Panther Party started some well meaning social survival programs for minorities. These “Survival Programs” were established by Huey Newton to recognize the needs in the black and minority communities. Many of the programs served as political agendas to enable the people within these communities. It allowed the people to have a voice and to take action to deal with oppression. In 1969 “Free Breakfast for Children” started in Oakland. Free health clinic, clothing programs and schools were opening each
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