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Black Panther Party Through the Lens of Food

Black Panther Party Through the Lens of Food

 Black Panther Party co-founder Bobby Seale on the far right enjoying a cake in celebration of his birthday.

Black Panther Party co-founder Bobby Seale on the far right enjoying a cake in celebration of his birthday.

I did research at Stanford University using the Hughey P. Newton Papers.  A Louisiana native, Newton first organized the Black Panther Party for Self Defense (BPP) with the help of Texas Native Bobby Seale. The collection includes documents BPP's food related business ideas, grocery bag food giveaways as part of a voter registration drive, and a bar and grill it operated. I learned from searches on the topic that sources on the Panthers for grades 4 to 8 are non-existent. I'm now working on filling that gap through the lens of food on different platforms. For example, Seale learned barbecue pit mastering craft from his uncle back in Texas. He used those skills to raise money for the Panthers.  

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