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Black Panther Party

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Kendra Marie Thompson

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Kendra Marie Thompson Black Panther Party Who was the Black Panther Party? The Black Panther Party was a group of minorities (more commonly african american) that stood up against Police Brutality imposed on people in their community. Where was the Black Panther Party Located? The Black Panther party was founded in Oakland, California, by Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale on October 15, 1966 (originally the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense) But later just called The Black Panther Party. The Washington state chapter of the BPP was established in April, 1968 after Aaron Dixon, Elmer Dixon, Anthony Ware, Gary Owens and several other future Panthers attended a memorial service in San Francisco for 17 year-old Bobby Hutton. Bobby Hutton was killed by a police officer. What did the Black Panther Party Do for Seattle? After deciding that they were not clicking with the community in the way that they wanted, the Black Panthers decided to hang up their uniforms and be more "embedded " in the Seattle Scene. They decided the disarm theirselves and start many thriving revival outreach programs. Segregation in Washington At the time, the african american community was forced to live in one area mostly confined in the Central district. African Americans and other minority groups often had the right of attending schools they wanted to go to, or were denied entry into public places. S Similarieies Rules Against Certain Races in Washington Neighborhoods -Greenlake neighborhood:
“No person or persons of Asiatic, African, or Negro blood, lineage or extraction shall be permitted to occupy a portion of said property or any building thereon except a domestic servant or servants who may actually and in good faith be employed by white occupants of such premises
-Queen Ann neighborhood: "No person or persons of Asiatic, African or Negro blood, lineage, or extraction shall be permitted to occupy a portion of said property"
-Laurelhurst neighborhood:
“No person other than one of the White Race shall ever be permitted to occupy any portion of any lot in said plot or any building at any time thereon, except a domestic servant actually employed by a white occupant of such building” Voting for Segregation In 1964 civil rights activists proposed an open housing law that would have made racial discrimination illegal. It was rejected by a 2-1 margin. Major Accomplishments Free Medical Care In 1969 the Free Breakfast program was made possible
by the Seattle Chapter. Chapter leaders noticed many
children in their community were not getting the nutrients they needed, so they asked for donations from stores and private donors to make this operation happen. Sydney Miller Free Medical Clinic, at 20th Avenue and Spruce Street in Seattle, which opened in 1969 and continues to operate as the Carolyn Downs Family Medical Center. This medical center was run on donations. Jimmy Hendrix and other important figures contributed to the cause. The BPP prided itself on not just getting donations from colored folk, but also from white citizens in the community. Other Services they offered: The BPP also offered other services, such as: Legal Services, shuttle transportation to the jails, sickle cell anemia research and a freedom school. The Panthers had a community hotline, people would call if they needed any help from the BPP, many mothers called the hotline saying that their children were being bullied by the caucasion students. The BPP took action and made sure that the principal protected these students. What Else did the BPP do? The Beginning and Requirements of the BPP Soon after the Black Panther Party started in Seattle, there were about 300 applications that poured in.

All BP's were required to carry two hand guns and approx 2000 rounds of ammunition. They also had a required list of 25 books and political education classes at least twice a week.
Understanding the BPP Closing The Black Panther Party was beneficial to the community in Seattle and on a national level. They worked with the Brown Berets, the Red Guard, Patriot Party, The Young Lords and the Peace and Freedom Party. They all worked for a common ground, freedom and justice.
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