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8 Black Panther Party Programs That Were More Empowering Than Federal Government Programs

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The Breakfast Program

The free breakfast for schoolchildren program was set up in Berkeley, California, in 1968 by Bobby Seale and Huey P. Newton. It was the first significant community program organized by the Panthers, and perhaps the most well known. By the end of 1969, free breakfast was served in 19 cities, under the sponsorship of the national headquarters and 23 local affiliates. More than 20,000 children received full free breakfast (bread, bacon, eggs, grits) before going to their elementary or junior high school.


Health Clinics

The clinics were called People’s Free Medical Centers (PFMC) and eventually were established in 13 cities across the country, from Cleveland to New Haven, Connecticut; Winston-Salem, North Carolina, to Los Angeles. Women, according to sociologist Alondra Nelson, were the backbone of the effort —not surprising, considering that approximately 60 percent of Black Panther Party members were female. Some of the clinics were in storefronts, others in trailers or hastily built structures, and most did not last long. But they offered services such as testing for high blood pressure, lead poisoning, tuberculosis and diabetes; cancer detection screenings; physical exams; treatments for colds and flu; and immunization against polio, measles, rubella, and diphtheria. Nelson reports that many of the women and men involved in the PFMCs went on to become credentialed health care professionals.

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About Nick Chiles

Nick Chiles is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and New York Times bestselling author. He has written or co-written 13 books and won over a dozen major journalism awards during a journalism career that brought him to the Dallas Morning News, the Star-Ledger of New Jersey and New York Newsday, in addition to serving as Editor-in-Chief of Odyssey Couleur travel magazine.


  1. Tim Hayes says:

    I was the Black Panther Party member who started the Atlanta Chapter , I still have many photos of children from the Vine City and “west side” area participating in our Free Breakfast program and our Liberation School. I am retired and live in Philadelphia today …but despite the tons of abuse from the Atlanta Police dept. I received in those days I mostly lock back on those days a rewarding

  2. jay Contrary says:

    And this is why the FBI’s Co-Intelpro was instituted & why it’s laughable when these same evil forces now lament the supposed culture of ‘black dependency’ on govt programs. When WE stepped up and did it, they used all illegal & diabolical resources at their disposal to destroy the efforts. Hypocrites of the highest order.

  3. too bad they're still not teaching these truths in schools.

  4. Nick Chiles, Please credit the Black Panther photographs of mine that you are using in this article: STEPHEN SHAMES.

  5. I see the so call New Black Panthers posturing with guns in the media. But where are their programs? The original Panthers had more programs to serve the people than guns. This gained them support that made the government attack them.



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  7. Thank you I knew someo others saw the difference

  8. The Revolutionary Black Panther Party

  9. Just for you #AhmadRahman & #LenaMillsap-Webb

  10. #AhmadRahman you may question the media portrayal of the New Black Panther Party, but overstand that the Panthers, Old and New were and are ridiculed and criticized because there is a racial undertone in this country coming from groups of people that do not want to see a person of color succeed, regardless of positive or negative deeds.. The original Panthers had the leadership of Huey Newton, who organized many positive programs after being criticized as a hate group from the media portrayal of THEM holding guns. But the reality of the situation was that they were protesting for the right to bear arms as written in the 2nd Amendment of the Constitution. The same thing the "New" Panther Party is doing.. But when you get criticized by your OWN people, and they do not know the coming dangers ahead, with group like the Illuminati, the Free masons, and powerful people like the "5 Families", who want to see the destruction of us as a people, by promoting the so called "New World Order" (in which every person will have 1 ruler, 1 country, 1 God, in a total communist world,)You would see that they are actually doing this for YOU to have the right to PROTECT yourself AND the people you LOVE, from destruction and human GENOCIDE in the coming days.. The FEMA company, created by then presdident George W Bush, (The people who supposed to "help" us in a natural disaster) have disposable COFFINS that can fit up to 5 human bodies, and trains to transport prisoners and coffins into concentration camps already made just for YOU and the REST of US.. They are not alone.. The Department of Homeland Security and the UN "Peacekeepers" will one day get the green light to invade our homes and bring us to our already made concentration camps to slaughter us like cattle.. This is why POLICE BRUTALITY is being TELEVISED, to start a RIOT all over the country in order for THEM to give the GREEN LIGHT to make this happen.. Please don't criticize them… DO YOUR HOMEWORK PLEASE

  11. THanks for sharing. I gather it's intended for people of a certain socio economic class as well as so called minorities. These old rich white men that make the elite that plan this are going extinct and that day is sooner than they've planned for.


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