From the Vault: The Black Panther Party

The Black Panther Party began in October 1966 by Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale, who created a 10 point program to address Political Oppression, Poverty, joblessness, hunger, housing, and the lack of justice in the Black Community.  The Black Panther Party took proactive measures to assist the neglected Black community such as the Breakfast Program that provided hundreds of thousands of meals to children across the nation.

In February of 2008, Pacifica Archives Production coordinator Edgar Toledo teamed up with registered nurse and Archives’ volunteer Debbie Demery to help make sense of the controversy by sifting through an avalanche of recordings. The result is a 6 cd set of the best of the Black Panther Party recordings. Includes speeches and interviews with Bobby Seale, Huey P. Newton, Kathleen Cleaver, Eldridge Cleaver, H. Rap Brown, Stokley Charmichael, voices from the Black Panther Party Breakfast Program, and the Panther 21 from New York. Music by Elaine Brown form Chairperson of the Black Panther Program who released 2 recordings, Seize The Time in 1969 and the self titled follow up, Elaine Brown from 1973. All songs were arranged by Jazz great Horace Tapscott

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