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The Black Panther Newspapers
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This collection contains over 400 newspaper issues from 1967 to 1980, organized by the Black Panther Party(BPP). The newspaper covers a variety of topics, from community to global events. It was also used to distribute information of the BPP's ideologies and their support for different groups fighting oppression.
The Black Panther Party (BPP) was co-founded in 1966 by Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale in Oakland, California. Inspired by those like Malcom X, Chairman Mao Tse-Tung of the Communist Party of China, and the book "The Wretched of the Earth" by the Martiniquan psychiatrist Frantz Fanon. The BPP, unlike the typically peaceful Civil Rights protestors, were a militant group and believed that violence, or the potential of violence, was necessary. The Panthers were originally founded on the importance of self-defense and working together to monitor the treatment of African Americans by the police department. They began as a community organization before they quickly became a national party that not only focused on the rights of American American communities but other national and international oppressed communities as well. The Black Panther Party ended their operations in 1982, although various alumni groups continue to exist.
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