Photo by Hiroji Kubota, a Japanese photographer.
This was part of a group of photos taken of the
BPP in Chicago in 1968.
"As long as you sit around suffering the slings
and arrows and are afraid to use some slings and
arrows yourself, you'll continue to suffer."
— Malcom X., The Harvard Lectures, 1964.
The Black Panther Party was criticised in many quarters because it did
not adopt the philosophy of non-violence promulgated by Ghandi and Martin
Luther King. But its more militant stance, "by any means necessary," no
doubt woke up many in the U.S. who otherwise would not have paid attention.
And this no doubt was true of the government of the established order of
the time, who were not exactly the type of people to feel threatened by
peace signs and comforting songs.
Its influence in instituting programs such as the Free Breakfast program
not only helped Afro-Americans, but the influence spread beyond black
neighborhoods into mainstream America in many ways. And the legacy of
the BPP can still be felt in many communities in many different programs
across the country.
And now, for your listening pleasure, a pleasant little ditty…
(Just click on the pic to play the video on youTube.)