MATERIAL: Printed
TYPE: Poster
DIMENSIONS: 8-1/2"x11
COMPONENTS: 2 broadsides, 1pp. each
CONDITION: Excellent.
ITEM ID: 670

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Black Panther Posters

DATE
Year: 1968
Decade: 1960s
Century: 20th (1901-2000)

A pair of Black Panther Broadsides, both printed in black and white, includes “Keep Eldridge Free / Free Huey P. Newton FREEDOM RALLY!” November 17, 1968, “Don’t Let Ronald Reagan and the California Adult Authority Silence Eldridge Cleaver by Clapping Him Into Prison on the Pretext of ‘Parole Violation’ Cleaver will be back in Prison within 2 weeks unless we, the people, speak out!…” With speakers being Eldridge Cleaver, Charles Garry, Melvin Newton, Oscar Acosta, Reverend James Donaldson and Richard Wasserstrom.” held at Los Angeles Trade Tech. Fine condition…plus; “Free the New Haven Panthers” with inset image of Huey P. Newton, “Free Breakfast for Children Program” November 1969, announcing with “Revolutionary love” the imprisoned New Haven Panther 14 gives to the ‘People who they love” a free breakfast. Fine condition.
The Black Panther Party (originally the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense) was an African-American revolutionary leftist organization. It was active in the United States from 1966 until 1982. The Black Panther Party achieved national and international notoriety through its involvement in the Black Power movement and in U.S. politics of the 1960s and 70s. The anti-racism of that time is today considered one of the most significant social, political and cultural currents in U.S. history. The group’s “provocative rhetoric, militant posture, and cultural and political flourishes permanently altered the contours of American Identity.” Founded in Oakland, California, by Huey Newton and Bobby Seale on October 15, 1966, the organization initially set forth a doctrine calling primarily for the protection of African American neighborhoods from police brutality. The organization’s leaders espoused socialist and communist (largely Maoist) doctrines, however the Party’s early black nationalist reputation attracted a diverse membership. Black Panther Party objectives and philosophy expanded and evolved rapidly during the party’s existence, so ideological consensus within the party was difficult to achieve, and some prominent members openly disagreed with the views of the leaders. The organization’s official newspaper, The Black Panther, was first circulated in 1967. Also that year, the Black Panther Party marched on the California State Capitol in Sacramento in protest of a selective ban on weapons. By 1968, the party had expanded into many cities throughout the United States, among them New Orleans, Chicago, Los Angeles, Detroit, San Diego, Denver, Newark, New York City, Kansas City, Boston, Dallas, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Seattle, Washington, D.C., Baltimore, San Francisco and Omaha. Peak membership neared 10,000 by 1969, and their newspaper, under the editorial leadership of Eldridge Cleaver, had a circulation of 250,000. The group created a Ten-Point Program, a document that called for “Land, Bread, Housing, Education, Clothing, Justice and Peace”, as well as exemption from conscription for African-American men, among other demands. With the Ten-Point program, “What We Want, What We Believe”, the Black Panther Party expressed its economic and political grievances.