We Are a Nation of Domination - The Black Panthers

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We Are a Nation of Domination

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Sean Schaefer

October 6, 2003

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The 1960's was a period of turmoil and reaction in America. People were protesting for equal rights, against the war, and many other things. But one thing is for sure, they all wanted to be heard. Many people and groups were protesting the Vietnam War. Others like African Americans and women were struggling to achieve civil rights, and who could forget about the gay movement. However, one of these social movements had a more influential and important impact than the others. Indeed it was the Black Panthers.

The Black Panther Party was a progressive political organization that stood in the vanguard of the most powerful movement for social change in America since the Revolution of 1776 and the Civil War: that dynamic episode generally referred to as The Sixties.

It is the sole black organization in the entire history of black struggle against slavery and oppression in the United States that was armed and promoted a revolutionary agenda, and it represents the last great thrust by the mass of black people for equality, justice and freedom.



The Black Panther Party was the manifestation of the vision of Huey P. Newton. In October of 1966, in the wake of the assassination of black leader Malcolm X and on the heels of the massive black, urban uprising in Watts, California and at the height of the civil rights movement led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Newton gathered a few of his longtime friends, including Bobby Seale and David Hilliard, and developed a skeletal outline for this organization. It was named,