The Black Panther Party (BPP)

Guide to Resources and Information on The Black Panther Party (BPP)


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                                                                        Leta Hendricks

Black Panther Party (BPP)

The Black Panther Party (BPP), original name Black Panther Party for Self-Defense,  was founded in 1966 in Oakland, California, by Huey Newton and Bobby Seale. The Party’s purpose was outlined, the following year, in the “Ten Point Platform and Program” which focused on decent housing, ending poverty, equal education, free healthcare, halting mass incarceration, self-determination, stopping police brutality.  By 1970, the Party had chapters in several U.S. cities including: Berkeley, Chicago, Cleveland, Los Angeles, New Haven, New York, Peoria, Seattle, and Winston-Salem.  FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover began a counter-intelligence program to “neutralize” the Black Panthers and other African American Civil Rights groups and individuals. 

"The Black Panther Party : Peace and Power,” Thompson Library showcase display, presents a historical overview of the Party’s Civil Rights legacy. This display examines the Black Panther Party’s history of social activism through artifacts, biographies, histories, and memoirs.


Abu-Jamal, Mumia. Writing on the Wall: Selected Prison Writings of Mumia Abu-Jamal. San Francisco: City Lights Publishers, 2015.

Al-Amin, Jamil. Die, Nigger, Die!: A Political Autobiography  by H. Rap Brown (Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin). Chicago: Lawrence Hill Books, 2002.

Alexander, Michelle. The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. New York: New Press, 2012.

Alkebulan, Paul. Survival Pending Revolution: The History of The Black Panther Party. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 2007.

Anthony, Earl. Spitting In The Wind: The True Story Behind The Violent Legacy of The Black Panther Party. Santa Monica: Roundtable Pub., 1989.  

Anthony, Earl. Picking Up The Gun: A Report on The Black Panthers. New York: Dial Press, 1970.

Aptheker, Bettina. The Morning Breaks: The Trial of Angela Davis, 2nd. ed. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1999.

Arend, Orissa. Showdown in Desire: The Black Panthers Take a Stand in New Orleans. Fayetteville: University of Arkansas Press, 2009.

Araiza, Lauren. To March for Others: The Black Freedom Struggle and the United Farm Workers. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2014.

Arlen, Michael J. An American Verdict. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1973.

Ashman, Charles R. The People vs. Angela Davis. New York: Pinnacle Books, 1972.

Austin, Curtis J. Up Against The Wall: Violence In The Making and Unmaking of The Black Panther Party. Fayetteville: University of Arkansas Press, 2006.

Baruch, Ruth-Marion. Black Panthers, 1968. Los Angeles: Greybull Press, 2002.

Baruch, Ruth-Marion. The Vanguard: A Photographic Essay on The Black Panthers. Boston: Beacon Press, 1970.

Bass, Paul and Douglas W. Rae. Murder in The Model City: The Black Panthers, Yale, and The Redemption Of A Killer. New York: Basic Books, 2006.

Bingham, Howard L. Howard L. Bingham's Black Panthers, 1968. Los Angeles: Ammo, 2009.

Bloom, Joshua and Waldo E. Martin, Jr. Black Against Empire: The History and Politics of The Black Panther Party. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2013.

Boyd, Herb and Lance Tooks. Black Panthers: For Beginners. New York: Writers and Readers Publishing, 1995.

Boyd, Herb and Lance Tooks. Black Panthers: For Beginners. Danbury, CN: For Beginners, 2015.

Bracey, John H, Sonia Sanchez, and James Smethurst. SOS -- Calling All Black People: A Black Arts Movement Reader. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 2015.

Burke, Lucas N.N. and Judson L. Jeffries. The Portland Black Panthers: Empowering Albina and Remaking a City. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2016.

Carmichael, Stokely and Charles V. Hamilton. Black Power: The Politics of Liberation in America. New York: Random House, 1967.

Carson, Clayborne. In Struggle: SNCC and the Black Awakening. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1982.

Chapman, Abraham. Black Voices: An Anthology of Afro-American Literature. New York: New American Library, 1968.

Churchill, Ward and Jim Vander Wall. Agents Of Repression: The FBI's Secret War Against The Black Panther Party And The American Indian Movement. Boston: South End Press, 1988.

Cleaver, Eldridge. Soul on Ice. New York: Delta Trade Paperbacks, 1999.

Cleaver, Kathleen, and George N. Katsiaficas, eds. Liberation, Imagination, and the Black Panther Party: A New Look at the Panthers and Their Legacy. New York: Routledge. 2001.   

Coates, Ta-Nehisi. Between the World and Me. New York: Spiegel & Grau, 2015.

Davis, Angela Y. Angela Davis: An Autobiography. New York: International Publishers, 2008.

Davis, Angela Y. Freedom Is a Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundations of a Movement. Chicago: Haymarket Books, 2016.

Davis, Angela Y. If They Come in the Morning: Voices of Resistance. New York: Third Press, 1992.

Douglas, Emory. Black Panther: The Revolutionary Art of Emory Douglas. New York: Rizzoli, 2007.

Douglas, Emory. Black Panther: The Revolutionary Art of Emory Douglas. Rev. Ed. New York: Rizzoli, 2014.

Du Bois, W.E.B. The Souls of Black Folk: Authoritative Text, Contexts, Criticism. New York: W.W. Norton, 1999.

Foner, Philip S., ed. The Black Panthers Speak. New York: De Capo Press, 1995.

Freed, Donald. Agony in New Haven: The Trial of Bobby Seale, Ericka Huggins, and the Black Panther Party. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1973.   

Haas, Jeffrey. The Assassination Of Fred Hampton: How The FBI And The Chicago Police Murdered A Black Panther. Chicago: Chicago Review Press, 2009.

Haskins, James. Profiles in Black Power. New York: Doubleday, 1972.

Hilliard, David, ed. The Black Panther: Intercommunal News Service. New York: Atria Books, 2007.

Hilliard, David, ed. Black Panther Party: Service To The People Programs. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2008.

Hilliard, David and Donald Weise, eds. The Huey P. Newton Reader. New York: Seven Stories Press, 2002.

Jackson, George. Blood in My Eye. Baltimore: Black Classic Press, 1990.

Jackson, George.  Soledad Brother: The Prison Letters of George Jackson. Chicago: Lawrence Hill Books, 2006.

James, Joy, ed. The Angela Y. Davis Reader. Malden, MA: Blackwell. 1998.

Jeffries, Judson L., ed. Black Power in the Belly of the Beast. Urbana: University of Illinois, 2006.

Jeffries, Judson L., ed. Comrades: A Local History of the Black Panther Party. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2007.

Jeffries, Judson L. Huey P. Newton: The Radical Theorist. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2002.

Jeffries, Judson L., ed. On the Ground: The Black Panther Party in Communities Across America. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2010.

Johnson, Jacqueline, and Richard Gallin, eds. Stokely Carmichael: The Story of Black Power. Parsippany, NY: Silver Burdett. 1990.

Jones, Charles E., ed. The Black Panther Party Reconsidered. Baltimore: Black Classic Press, 1998.

Joseph, Jamal. Panther Baby: A Life Of Rebellion And Reinvention. Chapel Hill, NC: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2012.

Joseph, Peniel E. Waiting ‘til the Midnight Hour: A Narrative History of Black Power in America. New York: Henry Holt and Company, 2006.

Keating, Edward M. Free Huey! Berkeley: Ramparts Press, 1971.

King, Woodie and Earl Anthony. Black Poets and Prophets: The Theory, Practice, and Esthetics of the Pan-Africanist Revolution. New York: New American Library, 1972.

Lazerow, Jama and Yohuru Williams, eds.  In Search of the Black Panther Party: New Perspectives on a Revolutionary Movement. Durham: Duke University Press, 2006.

Major, Reginald. Justice In The Round: The Trial of Angela Davis. New York: Third Press, 1973.

Major, Reginald. A Panther Is A Black Cat. New York: W. Morrow, 1971.

Malcolm X and Alex Haley. The Autobiography of Malcolm X. London: Penguin Books, 2001.

Murch, Donna Jean. Living For The City: Migration, Education, And The Rise of the Black Panther Party in Oakland, California. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2010.      

Marable, Manning and Leith Mullings, eds. Let Nobody Turn Us Around: Voices Of Resistance, Reform, And Renewal: An African American Anthology.  Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2000.

Marable, Manning. Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention. New York: Viking, 2011.

Nelson, Alondra. Body and Soul: The Black Panther Party and the Fight Against Medical Discrimination. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2011.

Newton, Huey P. To Die For The People: The Writings of Huey P. Newton. New York: Random House, 1972.

Newton, Huey P. War Against the Panthers: A Study of Repression in America. New York: Harlem River Press, 1996.

Newton, Huey P. and J H. Blake. Revolutionary Suicide. New York: Penguin Books, 2009.

Olsen, Jack. Last Man Standing: The Tragedy and Triumph of Geronimo Pratt. New York: Anchor Books, 2001.

Olsson, Göran H. The Black Power Mixtape: 1967-1975. Chicago: Haymarket Books, 2013.

Ongiri, Amy Abugo. Spectacular Blackness: The Cultural Politics of the Black Power Movement and the Search for a Black Aesthetic. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2010. 

Oyewole, Abiodun and Hassan U. Bin, Kim Green. The Last Poets on a Mission: Selected Poems and a History of the Last Poets. New York: H. Holt, 1996.

Pearson, Hugh. The Shadow Of The Panther: Huey Newton and the Price of Black Power in America. Reading, MA: Addison-Wesley Pub. Co., 1994.

Rhodes, Jane. Framing the Black Panthers: The Spectacular Rise of a Black Power Icon. New York: New Press, 2007.

Scheer, Robert, ed. Eldridge Cleaver: Post-Prison Writings and Speeches. New York: Random House, 1969.

Seale, Bobby. Seize the Time: The Story of the Black Panther Party and Huey P. Newton. Baltimore: Black Classic Press, 1991.

Shakur, Assata. Assata: An Autobiography. Chicago: Lawrence Hill Books, 1987.

Taylor, Keeanga-Yamahtta. From #blacklivesmatter to Black Liberation. Chicago: Haymarket Books, 2016.

Williams, Jakobi. From The Bullet To The Ballot: The Illinois Chapter of The Black Panther Party And Racial Coalition Politics in Chicago. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2013.

Williams, Robert F. Negroes with Guns. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 1998.

Williams, Yohuru. Black Politics/White Power: Civil Rights, Black Power and the Black Panthers in New Haven. Malden, MA: Blackwell Pub., 2008.

Williams, Yohuru, ed. Liberated Territory: Untold Local Perspectives on the Black Panther Party. Duke: University Press, 2008.

Wood, John A. The Panthers and The Militias: Brothers Under The Skin? Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 2002.


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