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10,000 Bags of Groceries and 10,000 New Voters

10,000 Bags of Groceries and 10,000 New Voters

Black Panther Survival Conference, 1972, Oakland, California, Courtesy of the Stanford University Special Collections Library
Voter registration volunteers left and Bobby Seale right loading grocery bags in 1972, Courtesy of the Stanford University Special Collections Library

I have been thinking about how to curate relevant food history stories following the 2016 election results. A series on the Black Panther Party seemed most relevant. In the spring of 1972 the Black Panther Party for Self Defense organized a Survival Conference in the East Bay region of San Francisco, California. They set a goal of giving away 10,000 bags of groceries and registering 10,000 new voters. 

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Tailgating and Football Games

Tailgating and Football Games

Organized to Make A Difference

Organized to Make A Difference