119 Assignment: Black Panther Party Platform

Though legally successful in the mid 1960s, the battle for civil rights continued on into the 1970s.  It seems that not everybody has the same idea of what it means to be “equal,” especially in the area of race relations. Everyone knows about Martin Luther King, Jr’s “dream,” but not everyone was catching the dream, even within the black community. King represented the middle ground, but what about the radical fringe? After reading the Black Panther Party Platform answer the following in a paragraph:

  1. What’s the general message?  How does it compare with King’s “I have a Dream” speech?  Do they have the same dream?  How was the Black Panther Party an obstacle to King’s dream of a racially integrated society?


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