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Black Panther Party–Community Relations

Black Panther Party–Community Relations

(p.54) 3 Black Panther Party–Community Relations
Black Panther in Exile
Paul J. Magnarella
University Press of Florida

Pete O’Neal describes the Black Panther Party’s various community support programs in Kansas City, Missouri. They include a pre-school breakfast program for inner-city children, as well as clothing, food, medical support, and job and family counseling for people in need. O’Neal explains how these programs were supported by local churches and businesses. O’Neal describes ways the Panthers joined forces with other civil rights organizations such as Soul Inc., the Black Youth of America, and Students for a Democratic Society to protest city policies they deemed to be unfair to inner-city residents and to expose persons who took advantage of these same people. O’Neal also describes the Panthers’ confrontation with a “white” inner-city church (Linwood United Methodist Church) and the resulting reconciliation between the church and the Black Panther Party.

Keywords:   Black Panther Party, community support programs, breakfast program, Linwood United Methodist Church

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