Teaching the History of the Black Panther Party: 5 Essential FAQ’s

What are the facts about the Black Panther Party? Was it, as J. Edgar Hoover contended, a terrorist organization and a threat to national security? Or a group of indviduals bound together by a desire to protect and nurture their community, willing to use radical means to have their concerns addressed? A thorough packet provides insight to these questions with powerful resources, primary source documents, and films that detail the complex history of the Black Panther Party.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Have class members research COINTELPRO and the role of the FBI in the history of the Black Panther Party
Classroom Considerations

  • Preview Stanley Nelson's feature-length documentary The Black Panthers: Vanguard of Revolution to determine if it's appropriate for your classroom
  • Not all the links work; some of the resources are being updated
Pros

  • Includes teaching suggestions and strategies
  • Pulls together quality resources, both historical and contemporary
  • Provides links to a wide variety of resources
Cons

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