*A Slice of History

Government Documents in Honor of the 50th Anniversary of the Black Panther Party
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As a complement to Black Against Empire, the One City One Book 2017 selection, the Government Information Center presents two government documents highlighting the activities of the Black Panther Party.

The Black Panther Party (originally the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense) was founded in Oakland, Ca in 1966 by Merritt Junior College students Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale. One of the Black Panther Party's main practices were armed citizens' patrols to monitor the behavior of police officers and challenge police brutality. Parts of the United States Government considered a potentially dangerous group. As seen in these documents, they were investigated by congress and the FBI.

One City One Book is San Francisco's citywide book club.
In 2017, we're reading Black against Empire: The History and Politics of the Black Panther Party by Joshua Bloom and Waldo E. Martin Jr.
Find out more at: One City One Book.

*Funded by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library.

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