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The Black Panther Party And Their Leaders The Black Panther Party evolved out of the necessity to improve the lives of the American black people and proclaimed self-defense Huey Newton and Bobby Seale established the Black Panther Party in California in 1966The rise of the Panther Party came about during a period in history of great up risings and confusion in the United States The Panthers lost their political power by the late 70s The Panther Party collapse was credited in part to the criminal background of their leaders In the pages to follow is background information on the Party its self and three of their leaders Eldridge Cleaver Stokely Carmichael and Elaine Brown The power associated with the Panther symbol created the image that the Party desired to achieve The term Self defense distinguished the Partys philosophy from that of the dominant nonviolent civil rights group and paid homage to the Louisiana based Deacons for Defense Myers The Black Panther Party set up ten demands for their wants and beliefs freedom employment housing education exemption of black men from the military end to police brutality freedom for all incarcerated black men and blacks to be tried by blacks These ten demands were proclaimed in THE BLACK PANTHER PARTY PLATFROM PROGRAM published in October 1966 Black 1-3 Black attitudes escalated after the publication of an article quoting Newton as to saying The only real power that black people in America have is the power to destroy America Cleaver 377 This gave rise to new Panther groups across the U S with violent acts as their foundation Eldridge Cleaver was one of the most pronounced of the Panthers leaders Cleaver was born in Arkansas but raised in the Los Angeles Watts section He joined the Panthers at the age of thirty-three of which nineteen of those years were spent either in prison or on parole By the age of eighteen Cleaver had made
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