Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution

Black Panthers for self defense

The Black Panthers in their prime represented the power of black unity. Increasing police violence against black people called for it. Unsurprisingly police brutality against blacks is gaining more coverage today in comparison to back in the 1960s during the prevalence of the Black Panthers.

Surprisingly, common associated words with the Black Panthers tend to be ‘rebellion’, ‘revolutionary’ and ‘terrorist’. The latter is misplaced and this is not just because the word itself does not fit in with the alliteration in this sentence.

Terrorists are assumed to used “unauthorized” and “unofficial” use of violence to bring about bouts of terror. The Black Panthers funded community based programmes such as ‘Free Breakfast for Children’ provide nutritional remedies for hunger pangs of poor inner city children in California. The program became so successful that this program, created by Black Panthers spread across America allowing them to feed over 100,000 children. Parents of these children that benefited from this program, and the children themselves who must have had increased focus rates in school, certainly must remember the Black Panthers for who they really were.

Stanley Nelson Jr., who lived through the Black Panther times, recently released a documentary, ‘Black Panthers: The Vanguard of the Revolution’. The insightful videography reveals the highs and lows of the party featuring former members of the party and the police that surveyed and persecuted them.

Black Panthers Vanguard of the Revolution

J. Edgar Hoover saw the Black Panthers as “the greatest threat to the internal security of the country” and as a result instigated and successfully ran a thorough program of surveillance, inserted moles into the party, used the police to discredit the party and was the protagonist in disbanding the party. We’ll drop the quotes from the police out of this piece. Inciting hate and violence on other hand is far from the vibe we want to share to dampen your spirits.

We’re advocating freedom, peace and unity among all, spreading awareness on who the Black Panthers were and what they represent from the POV of multiple Panthers’ mouths. Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution was showing at Picture House Hackney as well as at their other branches situated all over London.

The Picture House should be held highly in the public esteem for screening documentaries and films that challenge what is considered to be the norm. We as people have a right to expect and receive all perspectives as long as they are the truth.

"Black Panther national chairman Bobby Seale, left, wearing a Colt .45, and Huey Newton, right, defense minister with a bandoleer and shotgun are shown in Oakland, Calif., in this undated file photo. The Black Panther Party officially existed for just 16 years. Seale never expected to see the 40th anniversary of the Black Panther Party he co-founded with Huey Newton.  But its reach has endured far longer, something Seale and other party members will commemorate when they reunite in Oakland this weekend. (AP Photo/San Francisco Examiner)"

“Black Panther national chairman Bobby Seale, left, wearing a Colt .45, and Huey Newton, right, defense minister with a bandoleer and shotgun are shown in Oakland, Calif., in this undated file photo. The Black Panther Party officially existed for just 16 years. Seale never expected to see the 40th anniversary of the Black Panther Party he co-founded with Huey Newton. But its reach has endured far longer, something Seale and other party members will commemorate when they reunite in Oakland this weekend. (AP Photo/San Francisco Examiner)”

Below are some the most influential quotes from the Black Panthers Vanguard of the Revolution, a revolutionary documentary stimulating revolutionary thought amongst all people.

“We use the Black Panther as our symbol because the nature of a Panther is a Panther doesn’t strike anyone. When he is assailed upon, he’ll back up first, but if the aggressor continues, then he’ll strike out”

– Huey P Newton

“Being black in America meant you couldn’t walk down the street with the same level of security as everyone else”

– Jamal Joseph

“We Want Freedom. We want power to determine the destiny of our black community.”

– Point One of the Black Panther Ten point program

“We serve people”

– Excerpt from a Black Panther party community centre

“Eldridge made the party more accessible…[He had] this incredible ability to encapsulate a thought that stabbed right into the heart of the enemy [with his words].”

– Felipe Luciano

“A whole different portrayal of self”

– Rita Williams Garcia

“Showing love for our people”

– Excerpt from the Breakfast Programme

“Women were at the forefront”

– Clayborne Carson

“The great strength of the Black Panther Party was its ideals and its youthful vigour and enthusiasm. The great weakness of the party was its ideals and its youthful vigour and its enthusiasm. That sometimes can be very dangerous, especially when you’re up against the United States government.”

– William Cahoun

Words by N.O.W.

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