Tagged: The Black Panther Party for Self Defense

Fred Hampton On The Price Of Peace #BlackHistoryMonth

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I previously quoted author/activist James Baldwin on “The Price Of Poverty“. Now we have a quote from Fred Hampton on the price of peace.

Fred Hampton was the leader of the Chicago Chapter of The Black Panther Party for Self Defense in 1969. This quote is lifted from a speech called “Why Don’t You Die For The People?”, which you can hear and read in full below.

To some it may sound oxymoronic but if you truly love anything you should be willing to fight for it. Why wouldn’t you have to fight for peace? I’m reminded of a quote from Nobel Prize winner and environmentalist Wagari Maathai, “Anybody can dig a hole and plant a tree. But make sure it survives. You have to nurture it, you have to water it, you have to keep at it until it becomes rooted so it can take care or itself. There are so many enemies of trees.” Wouldn’t you say there are more enemies of peace?

Hampton knew the price of peace, justice, and struggle. He paid with his life. Continue reading

How Did The Black Panther’s Threaten National Security By Giving Children Breakfast?

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Panther Jerry Dunigan, known as “Odinka”, serves breakfast to children at Panther Free Breakfast Program

Occasionally I find I still have to make the case to people that Black People do care about the environment, which includes health. For Black History Month here’s yet another example: In January, 1969, The Black Panther Party for Self-Defense launched the Free Breakfast for Children Program. Their motto was “Serve the People, Body and Soul.” Continue reading