Black Panther School Bags (1970) Photographer: Neil Kenlock

Black Panther School Bags (1970) Photographer: Neil Kenlock

National Black Panther Day

Black Panther School Bags (1970) Photographer: Neil Kenlock
Black Panther School Bags (1970) Photographer: Neil Kenlock

Take a moment on Wednesday, February 19 to recognize the achievements and contributions made by the Black Panther Party.

The Black Panther Party (BPP), originally the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense, was a revolutionary political organization founded by Bobby Seale and Huey P. Newton in October 1966 in Oakland, California. The party was active in the United States from 1966 until 1982, with chapters in numerous major cities. Huey P. Newton, the co-founder of the Black Panther Party, was born in Monroe, Louisiana on February 17, 1942.

Black Panther Party Community Programs 1966 – 1982

    1. Alameda County Volunteer Bureau Work Site
    2. Benefit Counseling
    3. Black Student Alliance
    4. Child Development Center
    5. Consumer Education Classes
    6. Community Facility Use
    7. Community Health Classes
    8. East Oakland CIL (Center for Independent Living) Branch
    9. Community Pantry (Free Food Program)
    10. Drug/Alcohol Abuse Awareness Program
    11. Drama Classes
    12. Disabled Persons Services/Transportation and Attendant
    13. Drill Team
    14. Employment Referral Service
    15. Free Ambulance Program
    16. Free Breakfast for Children Programs
    17. Free Busing to Prisons Program
    18. Free Clothing Program
    19. Free Commissary for Prisoners Program
    20. Free Dental Program
    21. Free Employment Program
    22. Free Food Program
    23. Free Film Series
    24. Free Furniture Program
    25. Free Health Clinics
    26. Free Housing Cooperative Program
    27. Food Cooperative Program
    28. Free Optometry Program
    29. Community Forum
    30. Free Pest Control Program
    31. Free Plumbing and Maintenance Program
    32. Free Shoe Program
    33. GED Classes
    34. Geriatric Health Center
    35. GYN Clinic
    36. Home SAFE Visits
    37. Intercommunal Youth Institute (becomes OCS by 1975)
    38. Junior and High School Tutorial Program
    39. Legal Aid and Education
    40. Legal Clinic/Workshops
    41. Laney Experimental College Extension Site
    42. Legal Referral Service(s)
    43. Liberation Schools
    44. Martial Arts Program
    45. Nutrition Classes
    46. Oakland Community Learning Center
    47. Outreach Preventative Care
    48. Program Development
    49. Pediatric Clinic
    50. police patrols
    51. Seniors Against a Fearful Environment
    52. SAFE Club
    53. Sickle Cell Anemia Research Foundation
    54. Son of Man Temple (becomes Community Forum by 1976)
    55. Sports
    56. Senior Switchboard
    57. The Black Panther Newspaper
    58. Teen Council
    59. Teen Program
    60. U.C. Berkeley Students Health Program
    61. V.D. Preventative Screening & Counseling
    62. Visiting Nurses Program
    63. WIC (Women Infants, and Children) Program
    64. Youth Diversion and Probation Site
    65. Youth Training and Development

Source: Stanford University


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