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The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution

On May 2, 1967, twenty-four black men and six white women dressed in blue
shirts, black berets, and black leather jackets ascended the steps of the
capital building in Sacramento, California. Across the street, the journalists
covering Governor Ronald Reagans speech to 200 eighth graders were quickly
distracted. Armed with loaded rifles and marching in military formation, the
newly formed Black Panther Party for Self-Defence had come to protect what was
their legal right. Under an obscure California law, it was legal to carry
non-concealed, loaded weapons. With microphones in his face and photographers
clambering, Party Chairman Bobby Seale began reading the Panthers first message
to the American people: Black people have begged, prayed, petitioned,
demonstrated and everything else to get the racist power structure of America to
right the wrongs which have historically been perpetrated against black people.
All these efforts had been answered by more repression, deceit and hypocrisy.
. .

The Black Panther Party for Self-Defence believes that the time has come for
black people to arm themselves before it is too late. Overnight, the images were
carried around the world. With one swift and bold action, the Black Panther
Party had put itself on the map. Reviled, adored, misunderstood, and
mythologized, more than 40 years later, the Black Panther Party retains a
powerful hold on popular imagination worldwide. Yet, astonishingly, it has never
been the subject of a dramatic, scholarly, and unbiased documentary film. The
Black Panthers:

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