Happy 50th Anniversary to The Black Panthers!
As we continue to celebrate Black History Month, we must acknowledge the 50th Anniversary of The Black Panthers. The Black Panther Party for Self-defense was founded in 1966 in Oakland California by Bobby Seale and Huey P. Newton. They both shared a common goal to promote civil rights and self-defense among the black community. Newton and Seale were former members of the Revolutionary Action Movement, A group that was viewed as an extremely violent black militant group which conspired to blow up the statue of liberty, the liberty bell, and the Washington monument. The pair left the group in 1965 in search something that had a more meaningful purpose, shortly after leaving the Revolutionary Action Movement Newton and Seale formed the Black Panther Party for Self-defense. With the death of Malcolm X in 1965 The Black Panther Party for Self-defense saw a need for leadership among the black community and the civil rights movement. The Black Panther Party Patrolled inner cities with shotguns and law books in hopes to discourage police brutality, this radical approach to civil rights made the Panthers very unpopular among mainstream America. The Panthers have a bad rap, but did a lot to advance our community.