The Story Behind the Standoff

Fifty years ago, a new wave of activist would define a decade in the war against systemic racism and segregationist policies.

NEW ORLEANS — In 1966 the Black Panther Party for Self Defense came to life in Oakland, California.

Founded by Bobby Seale and Huey Newton in direct response to police brutality. Comprised of mostly young black people, some in their early teens, they spread far, wide and…

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