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3. How did the Black Panthers differ from other African-American groups?
About this Lecture
In this module, we think about the extent to which the Black Panther Party differs from other civil rights groups at the time, focusing in particular on: (i) the reasons why the Black Panthers rejected 'non-violence'; (ii) the importance of guns to the identity of the Black Panthers ("the gun is the only thing that will free us – gain us our liberation"); (iii) the equivocation of the Black Panthers towards racial integration; (iv) their willingness (unlike some black nationalist groups) to accept white support; and (v) their proud adherence to Marxism and socialism.
In this course, Dr Joe Street (Northumbria University) explores the Black Panther Party, the Black Power political organisation established by Bobby Seale and Huey P. Newton on October 1966 in Oakland, California. In the first module, we think about the political and intellectual origins of the Black Panther Party, before turning in the second module to the Black Panthers' Ten-Point Program. In the third module, we consider the extent to which the Black Panthers were different from other civil rights groups operating at the time, while in the fourth module, we explore the Black Panthers' practice of patrolling the police. In the fifth module, we focus on the figure of Huey P. Newton, who became an international celebrity following the 'Free Huey' campaign of the late 1960s, before turning in the sixth and final module consider the scope and depth of FBI interference in the activities of the Black Panther Party, and the extent to which these were responsible for the disintegration and collapse of the party by 1982.
Dr Joe Street is Associate Professor in History at Northumbria University. His research focuses on the nexus between politics and culture in the twentieth century, with a particular focus on African American radicalism in the 1960s and 1970s and the San Francisco Bay Area after World War Two.
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Street, J. (2021, February 18). The Black Panther Party, 1966-82 - How did the Black Panthers differ from other African-American groups? [Video]. MASSOLIT. https://massolit.io/courses/the-black-panther-party-1966-82/how-did-the-black-panthers-differ-from-other-african-american-groups
Street, Joe. "The Black Panther Party, 1966-82 – How did the Black Panthers differ from other African-American groups?." MASSOLIT, uploaded by MASSOLIT, 18 Feb 2021, https://massolit.io/courses/the-black-panther-party-1966-82/how-did-the-black-panthers-differ-from-other-african-american-groups