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The Black Panthers Through the Lens of Food

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 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. Seale has published a barbecue cookbook. See the link for the book and additional stories on the BBP below. 

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Black Panther Party Stories and Recipes: http://www.foodasalens.com/search?q=Black+Panthers

Feeding the Revolution Series:   http://www.foodasalens.com/search?q=Feeding+the+Revolution


Barbeque’n with Bobby Seale: http://www.bobbyqueseale.com/

History Through the Lens of Food and Music

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