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The Black Panthers
The Panthers, through their actions, were a symbol of Black strength and Black resolve. The Panthers demanded that Blacks be treated with respect in America. They backed up their beliefs with actions.
The Black Panther Party for Self Defense, as it was called, was the most powerful movement for social change since the Revolutionary War. The Party was the vision Huey P. Newton (pictured to the upper right), seventh son of a Louisiana
family transplanted in the Oakland, California area.
Newton, in the wake of the civil unrest of the 60's, developed the outline of his organization. This included a 10 point plan as well as various other guidelines to be followed by party members. The black panther was chosen for the party's symbol for its powerful Image of strength and it had been used effectively in the past.
Newton developed his Ten-Point Program which outlined the parties goals and demanded that America address its long standing oppression of Blacks. The Black Panthers promoted an ideology that demanded a fundamental change for Blacks in America.
The following "8 points of Attention " and "3 main rules of discipline" were also enforced by party leaders.
8 Points of Attention
1. Speak politely.
2. Pay fairly for what you buy.
3. Return everything you borrow.
4. Pay for anything you damage.
5. Do not hit or swear at people.
6. Do not damage property or crops of the poor, oppressed masses.
7. Do not take liberties with women.
8. If we ever have to take captives do not ill-treat them.
3 Main Rules of Discipline
1. Obey orders in all your actions.
2. Do not take a single needle or piece of thread from the poor and oppressed masses.
3. Turn in everything captured from the attacking enemy.
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