During the late 1960's and early '70's posters of the Black Panther Party's co-founder, Huey P. Newton were plastered on walls of college dorm rooms across the country. Wearing a black beret and a leather jacket, sitting on a wicker chair, a spear in one hand and a rifle in the other, the poster depicted Huey Newton as a symbol of his generation's anger and courage in the face of racism and imperialism (Albert and Hoffman 4, 45). His intellectual capacity and community leadership abilities helped to founded the Black Panther Party (BPP). Newton played an instrumental role in refocusing civil rights activists to the problems of urban Black communities. He also tapped the rage and frustration of urban Blacks in order to address social injustice. However, the FBI's significant fear of the Party's aggressive actions would not only drive the party apart but also create false information regarding the Panther's programs and accomplishments.
In recent years, historians have devoted much attention of the early 1960's, to Malcolm X and Martin Luther King and have ignored the Black Panthers. The Panthers and Huey P. Newton's leadership of the Party are as significant to the Black freedom struggle as more widely known leaders of the Civi
"A Brief History of the Black Panther Party. " Newton and other urban Black people believed nonviolence was ineffective in the South and in the North. with the immediate emphasis on the need for organizing black defense groups"to end police brutality. This organization was the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense (BPP). Fed up with the increasing police brutality towards African Americans and the SSAC rejection of "Brothers On the Block", Huey and Bobby decided to form an organization to monitor police behavior in black neighborhoods and protect the rights of African Americans. Huey and Bobby created a uniform for the Panthers demonstrating the seriousness and discipline of the Party's platform. While Huey primarily focused on improving Black People's self-esteem and quality of life, he also advocated the commitment for the respect and dignity of all individuals of all races, genders and sexual orientations. Bibliography BIBLIOGRAPHYAlbert, Peter and Hoffman, Ronald.