Black Panther - 1966-1969
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When the Black Panther Party broke on the scene in 1966, I was immediately captivated by the militancy. Huey Newton and Bobby Seale---armed with high-powered rifles---—challenged police brutality in Oakland, California and around the country. Their stand against police violence committed against black people was historic and monumental and unprecedented, reflecting my own experiences with law enforcement.
The black leather jacket, black beret, dark sunglasses worn by Huey Newton and Bobby Seale were the coolest thing I’d ever seen. I embraced the symbolism and political philosophy. Their radical stance and their political platform justified my Early encounters with the law. I wanted to become a Black Panther.
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