The Black Panther Party during the sixties and seventies was a symbol of pride, power and purpose. It was reportedly founded by Bobby Seale and Huey P. Newton on October 15, 1966 and the organization initially set forth a doctrine calling primarily for the protection of Black communities from police brutality, a problem that persists to this day.
Other than Booby Seale and Huey P. Newton, other notable members included Angela Davis, H. Rap Brown, Stokely Carmichael, Assata Shakur, Mumia Abu-Jamal and Fred Hampton.
The organization started social service programs in the communities they were active and their free breakfast program for impoverished children is credited with later being copied and implemented by the U.S. federal government. They also operated free clinics.
The Black Panther Party would ultimately become undone by the FBI's notorious and brutal COINTEL program instituted by the cross dressing and reported closet homosexual FBI Director J Edgar Hoover.