Academic journal article The Journal of Pan African Studies (Online)

The Black Panther Party: Books of Interest

Academic journal article The Journal of Pan African Studies (Online)

The Black Panther Party: Books of Interest

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The Black Panther Party for Self Defense, formed in the aftermath of the assassination of El Hajj Malik Shabazz (Malcolm X), and became one of the most controversial movements of the 20th-century. Founded by Huey P. Newton (1942-1989) and Bobby Seale, the party sounded a defiant cry for an end to the institutionalized subjugation of African Americans. October 2016 marked the 50th Anniversary of the organization, for a roster of events; see the Official Site of the Black Panther Party 50th Anniversary at http://www.bpp50th.com/

The first full collection of the writings of Huey P. Newton of the Black Panther Party that combines now-classic texts ranging in topic from the formation of the Black Panthers, African Americans and armed self-defense, Eldridge Cleaver's controversial expulsion from the Party, FBI infiltration of civil rights groups, the Vietnam War, and the burgeoning feminist movement with never-before-published writings from the Black Panther Party archives and Newton's private collection, including articles on President Nixon, prison martyr George Jackson, Pan-Africanism, affirmative action, and the author's only written account of his political exile in Cuba in the mid-1970s.

This book is focused on the Black Panther newspaper, founded to articulate the Black Panther Party's message and artist Emory Douglas became the paper's art director and later the party's Minister of Culture. Thus Douglas's artistic talents and experience proved a powerful combination: his striking collages of photographs and his own drawings combined to create some of the era's most iconic images, like that of Huey P. Newton with his signature beret and large gun set against a background of a blood-red star, which could be found blanketing neighborhoods during the 12 years the paper existed. This book also brings together a lineup of Black Panther Party insiders who detail the crafting of the organization's visual identity

David Hilliard was the Chief of Staffof the Black Panther Party, and this book is based on an ng eyewitness account of America's first Black armed revolutionary movement. Written with the participation of many other Black Panther Party (BPP) members, this book provides firsthand accounts of Huey Newton's infamous shootout with the police, the murder of Fred Hampton, how Panther money was raised and spent, the sexual mores of the BPP, and how illegal activities erupted and were controlled. According to the FBI, the BPP were "the greatest threat to the internal security of the country," and, in part due to government infiltrators and disinformation, it began to dissolve in the early seventies as police raids, gun battles, IRS investigations, trials, and prison terms decimated their ranks.

In the introduction of this book, the author writes, Seize The Time was first published more than twenty years ago. I tape-recorded and wrote most of this book under the strain of being a political prisoner in the San Francisco County Jail in 1969 and 1970. At that time, most protest organizations, particularly anti-war and civil rights groups, were targeted for attacks by all levels of government. …

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