Black Panther Party recalled
Revolution rendered useless
When the Black Panther Party was established, it stood for more than Black Power. It stood for self-defense and self-reliance. But to middleclass White America, it stood for what FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover described as “The greatest threat to the internal security of the country.”
Consequently, after much opposition and governmental surveillance and infiltration, the group met its demise in 1970.
“Do you want to know why we aren’t still around like the NAACP and all those other Uncle Tom Negroes?” asked Roland Freeman, former leader of the Panther’s Los Angeles Chapter. “It’s because we didn’t want integration, we wanted progress, and integration ain’t progress. We wanted our communities to be self-sufficient, self-aware and armed. Not walking hand in hand with the enemy.”
The death of the group was a testament to what it meant to live in the struggle with a threat always looming overhead.
Freeman explained that the Panther’s founding member, Huey P. Newton, went public with his decision to end the group’s growth without informing his fellow brethren.
While the government constantly threatened the group, local police tightened their defenses and many were intimidated by the group’s leaders.
Memorial services were set for Friday and Saturday for civil rights activist Willis Edwards, who died of cancer Friday at Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in Mission Hills at age 66.
The Los Angeles Urban League has arranged “An Evening of Reflections” to be held from 6-8 p.m. Friday at Angelus Funeral Home, 3875 Crenshaw Blvd., and “A Celebration of Life” funeral service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at First A.M.E. Church, 2270 S. Harvard Blvd.
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Social activist and civil rights leader Julian Bond became the latest speaker at the Zócalo Public Square lecture series held in the Petersen Automotive Museum this past Monday.
You are many people.
To your friends, you’re supportive, funny and solid. Your boss sees you as someone who gets the job done. Your kids think you’re authoritative, with a wallet. And your family knows the you with warts.
You’re a person with many faces; some public, some private, but never the same. In the new book “Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention” (c.2011, Viking, $30.00 / $34.50 Canada, 594 pages, includes notes) by Manning Marable, you’ll get a (supposed) peek at a complex man with several personas.