Black Panthers

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  • Black Pathers
  • WHO founded the party: The Black Panther Party also known as the BPP was a revolutionary black organisation that was created in the United States.The two founders were Huey Percy Newton and Bobby Seale.
  • WHAT they did:The Black Panthers started off as an neighbourhood patrol group that protected citizens from police brutality. They carried weapons and endured several shoot-outs with FBI; resulting in many deaths of party members and police.
  • WHEN: They were formed in 1966, at its peak in the late 1960s, Panther membership exceeded 2,000, and the organisation operated parties in several major American cities. From the mid-1970s through the ’80s, the activities of the Black Panther Party all but stopped.
  • WHERE : They were formed in Oakland County, California. With a newfound publicity, the Black Panther Party grew from an Oakland-based organization to an international one with new parties in 48 states in North America and support groups in Japan, China, France, England, Germany, Sweden, Mozambique, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Uruguay, and elsewhere.
  • WHY did they form: It was part of an African-American culture of self-discovery and self-determination that was flowering in many parts of the country at the time.
  • HOW did they impact history: Even decades after the founding of the organization, the Black Panther Party survived in the public memory in the United States as a result of the publication of a number of memoirs by its members and the use of its rhetoric in rap music.
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