Marxism and the Black Panther Party
Fifty years have passed since the assassination of Malcolm X on February 21, 1965. Three years after Malcolm’s murder, on April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. was also felled by an assassin’s bullet. Between the bloody bookends of Malcolm and Martin’s murders, in October 1966, the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense was founded. In the neglected and brutalized inner cities, black Americans threw themselves into the vortex of struggle, their sights sharply trained on the institutional racism of the system, defiantly resisting all attempts to subjugate and trample the very dignity of those most blatantly exploited and oppressed.
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