The Rise to the Black Panther Party: Part I

The Rise to the Black Panther Party: Part I

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The first scene is Aug 20, 1965 when a white officer shot and killed one of the SNCC workers in Lowndes County, Alabama. He was later acquitted by an all white jury. The second scene is when Patty McDonald's house was shot up in the middle of the night not long after. The third scene is Stokely Carmichael while still the SNCC coordinator speaking on why non-violence was not going to change things because people were still trying to kill black people for wanting rights.

Storyboard Text

  • Lowndes County, Alabama,   August 20, 1965.  A white police officer shot and killed and SNCC worker.   The police officer was acquitted by an all white jury. 
  • They killed him and nothing will happen! This keeps happening!
  • The home of Patty McDonald, and SNCC worker.  One night it was shot at, a bullet just missing one of her children.  She was allowing some of the other SNCC workers to stay with her. 
  • They're still trying to scare us, thank goodness nobody was hurt this time.  We've gotta do something!
  • Stokely Carmichael who would later become one of the original members of the Black Panther party, speaking in Lowndes county that it was not safe to continue using non-violent tactics in the movement, that they would need to start defending themselves to get the white man to listen. 
  • Remaining nonviolent would be a tantamount to suicide in the Black Belt counties where whites are shooting at Negroes! We must start defending ourselves!
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