The Black Panther Party for Self Defense was the most significant activist group during the Civil Rights Movement Era. It was founded in Oakland, California by Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale in October of 1966. The Black Panthers Party was founded to fight for and protect the rights of African Americans. Believing that the approach Martin Luther King Jr. was expressing would take too long, the approach Black Panther Party took was more along the lines of Malcolm X more aggressive theories rather than Martin Luther King Jr.’s more peaceful strategy. Although it gained a lot of support quickly it was ineffective in its main agenda’s due to, government actions against them, disorganization within the BPP, and the loss and shortcomings of its leaders.
In the 1960’s the new generations were growing up into this turmoil and an outlet for many African Americans who were tired of the abuse and civil and illegal injustice done to and against them was needed. Black Panther for Self Defense was created by Huey P. Newton in 1966 in the wake of Malcolm X assassination. Gathering close companion along with Bobby Seale and David Hilliard he created the outline of the organization. Their platform and its ideals
struck a chord with blacks across the country, especially in the inner cities of the north. The
panthers were able to organize and unite these blacks. A new dawn was about to begin for African Americans throughout the United States.
Black Panthers Party for Self Defense wanted four things, equality in education, housing , civil rights and employment was based off of 10 Rules which they beloved would help start economic black reform throughout the country for African Americans;
1. We want freedom. We want power to determine the destiny of our Black community. 2. We want full employment for our people.
3. We want an end to the robbery by the white man of our Black community.
4. We want decent housing, fit for shelter of human beings.
. 5. We want education for our people that exposes the true nature of this decadent American society. We want education that teaches us our true history and our role in present-day society.
6. We want all Black men to be exempt from military service.
7. We want an immediate end to police brutality and murder of Black people.
8. We want freedom for all Black men held in federal state, county and city prisons and jails.
9. We want all Black people when brought to trial to be tried in court by a jury of their peer group or people from their Black communities, as defined by the constitution of the United States.
10. We want land, bread, housing, education, clothing, justice and peace. And as our major political objective, a United Nations-supervised plebiscite to be held throughout the Black colony in which only Black colonial subjects will be allowed to participate, for the purpose of determining the will of Black people as to their national destiny.
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