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October 15, 1966: Black Panther Party Formed

In October 1966, Huey Newton and Bobby Seale formed the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense in Oakland, Cali. After doing heavy recruiting in the black communities of Oakland and San Francisco, the group strapped on guns, cameras, and law books and set out to defend residents of the black community from police harassment, brutality, and murder.


1966: Black Power advocates marching

1966 Black Power advocates take over a disintegrating civil rights movement and begin to emphasize separatism and community control as opposed to integration and nonviolence.

From the Paul B. Johnson Collection, McCain Library and Archives, University of Southern Mississippi.