Black Panther Party

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The Black Panther Party (BPP), original name Black Panther Party for Self-Defense, was a revolutionary Black nationalist party in the United States, influenced by Communism and having associations with foreign Communist organizations. It was active from 1966 until 1982, with chapters in numerous major cities, and many international support groups. In 1969, it had about 5,000 members.

Various crimes are associated with the organization and its members, but as the FBI, partially through COINTELPRO and other agencies, used various methods to repress the organization, what occurred is controversial and disputed.

Despite the associations with violence, as being a leftist and pro-Black organization, it is described rather positively in politically correct sources. Numerous former Panthers have held elected office in the United States.

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