The Black Panthers And The Civil Rights Movement

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The Black Panthers were a Black Power group that wanted equality for everyone. The Black Panther Party for Self Defense helped shape the Civil Rights movement immensely. Who they were, what their core beliefs were, and how they shaped the Civil Rights movement, and America today will be covered.

The Black Panthers were originally started by Bobby Seale and Huey Newton. “Huey Newton and Bobby Seale. The two leading revolutionary men created the national organization as a way to collectively combat white oppression. After constantly seeing black people suffer from the torturous practices of police officers around the nation, Newton and Seale helped to form the pioneering black liberation group to help build community and confront corrupt systems of power.” (Huff. Post, 2016) Newton and Seale started to recruit members immediately. From there, the party only grew. After Malcolm X was murdered, it left a lot of black people devastated. So, they were thrilled when a new black power party was formed. So, the Black Panther Party swept the nation. The Panthers would take anyone that would help them. Newton and Seale wanted to not just protest Black rights, but also wanted to get involved and help black families in poverty. They started a free breakfast program, and had a school for inattentive kids. “In addition to challenging police brutality, the Black Panther Party launched more than 35 Survival Programs and provided community help, such as education, tuberculosis testing,
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