15 Important Facts About the Black Panther Party

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Even though the Black Panther Party was founded over 50 years ago, its legacy still lives on today. Their contributions to society have been told in the form of stories from advocates and activists in the black community, as well as entertainers.

Tupac was known for always recognizing the work of the BPP, mainly because he had a direct connection to it. His mother, Afeni Shakur, and his father, Billy Garland, were active members of the party. In fact, he was born a month after his mother was acquitted of all 150 charges of “Conspiracy against the United States government and New York landmarks,” according to the rapper’s wikipedia page.

“The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution” is a documentary originally aired on PBS, shines light on the struggles and contributions of the party. The special also shut down the perception of the movement given by police and the government, showcasing the deep truth behind it.

Members of the Black Riders, a new generation of the Black Panther Party, participate in a rally at the intersection of Florence and Normandie Avenues in South Los Angeles on April 29, 2012

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