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Did the Black Panther Party Help or Hurt the Civil Rights Movement?

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Civics +2 Age Levels Middle School (13 to 15 years old), High School (16 to 18 years old)

#TeachingInquiry

1. What did members of the Black Panther Party look like?
2. How did the Black Panther Party help their communities?
3. How was the Black Panther Party viewed by those outside the group?

Black beret from Black Power Era

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Vietnam tour jacket with black power embroidery

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Huey Newton, Black Panther Minister of Defense

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Pinback button for the Black Panther Party

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Black and white poster of Huey Newton and Bobby Seale

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FBI Wanted poster for Angela Davis

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Flier for the Black Community Survival Conference

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Ballots or Bullets

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Pinback button for Angela Davis Day

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Panther Office in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, New York, 1971

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Free Clothing Program, A Boy Tries on a Coat at a Party Office, Toledo, Ohio, 1971

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Free Huey/Free Bobby Rally, San Francisco, California, 1970

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People’s Free Food Program, Palo Alto, California, 1972

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Women! Free Our Sisters

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Pinback button for Eldridge Cleaver's presidential campaign

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Lowndes County, Alabama (Vote Nov. 8th sign)

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America Free Angela

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Kathleen Cleaver at Home

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Huey Percy Newton and Bobby Seale

National Portrait Gallery

Stokely Carmichael

National Portrait Gallery

Huey Newton

National Portrait Gallery

Huey! [sound recording] : Listen, Whitey!

Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections

Shorty Price

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Two Minute Warning

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Pit Bull with a Pistol

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