The Street Wall Journal. The Panthers: history as repression ... repression as history.... New York: Committee to Defend the Panther, May 21, 1970. Vol 1, no 3.
Broadside poster, 556 x 379 mm. Printed in red and black. Fine.
"THE POLICE RECORD IS CLEAR. THE PANTHERS HAVE BEEN THE VICTIMS OF A VICIOUS AND CONTINUING REPRESSION." A scarce poster detailing the history of the Black Panther Party and cataloguing some two dozen instances of harassment, arrest, and murder committed by the police against party members. Printed in the background is the dramatic figure of a Panther with fist raised, a broken chain hanging from his wrist. The upper half of the poster describes the organization of the Black Panther Party by Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale in Oakland in 1966, "around the issue of police harassment and ultimately around a program for self-determination of black people. It was with this in mind that they armed themselves with rifles and began following Oakland police cars through the ghetto to monitor their activities, offer legal services, and intervene when necessary." The ten point party program adopted by the Oakland branch is also printed. The lower half of the poster provides in timeline form a detailed list of arrests and murders perpetrated against party members from 1968-1969, including the notorious December 4, 1969 murder of Illinois Black Panther chairman Fred Hampton during a raid on his apartment in Chicago. A fine example of this artifact from the most explosive radical movement in post-war America.