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2. The Ten-Point Program
About this Lecture
In this module, we think about the Black Panther Party’s Ten-Point Program, focusing in particular on: (i) the differences between the 1966 edition of the Ten-Point Program and the 1972 edition; (ii) the extent to which the Ten-Point Program was attuned to the traditions of American Republicanism, e.g. the right to bear arms; (iii) the extent to which the call for ‘full employment’ was a realistic aim in 1960s America; and (iv) the argument for two of the most controversial demands of the Ten-Point Platform – exemption from military service and immediate release from prison.
A copy of the 1966 edition of the Ten-Point Program can be found here
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.
Cite this Lecture
Street, J. (2021, February 18). The Black Panther Party, 1966-82 - The Ten-Point Program [Video]. MASSOLIT. https://massolit.io/courses/the-black-panther-party-1966-82/the-ten-point-program
Street, J. "The Black Panther Party, 1966-82 – The Ten-Point Program." MASSOLIT, uploaded by MASSOLIT, 18 Feb 2021, https://massolit.io/courses/the-black-panther-party-1966-82/the-ten-point-program