The Black Panther Party in a City near You

Edited by Judson Jeffries

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Pages: 218

Trim size: 6.000in x 9.000in

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Pub Date: 02/01/2018

ISBN: 9-780-8203-5197-1

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Pub Date: 02/01/2018

ISBN: 9-780-8203-5198-8

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The Black Panther Party in a City near You

Edited by Judson Jeffries

A grassroots-level view of the daily work of Black Panthers across the country

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This is the third volume in Judson L. Jeffries's long-range effort to paint a more complete portrait of the most widely known organization to emerge from the 1960s Black Power Movement. Like its predecessors (Comrades: A Local History of the Black Panther Party [2007] and On the Ground: The Black Panther Party in Communities across America [2010]), this volume looks at Black Panther Party (BPP) activity in sites outside Oakland, the most studied BPP locale and the one long associated with oversimplified and underdeveloped narratives about, and distorted images of, the organization.

The cities covered in this volume are Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, and Washington, D.C. The contributors examine official BPP branches and chapters as well as offices of the National Committee to Combat Fascism that evolved into full-fledged BPP chapters and branches. They have mined BPP archives and interviewed members to convey the daily ups-and-downs related to BPP's social-justice activities and to reveal the diversity of rank-and-file BPP members' personal backgrounds and the legal, political, and social skills, or baggage, that they brought to the BPP.

The BPP reportedly had a presence in some forty places across the country. During this time, no other Black Power Movement organization fed as many children, provided healthcare to as many residents, educated as many adults, assisted as many senior citizens, and clothed as many people. In point of fact, no other organization of the Black Power era had as great an impact on American lives as did the BPP. Nonetheless, when Jeffries undertook this project, chapter-level scholarly investigations of the BPP were few and far between. This third book, The Black Panther Party in a City Near You, raises the number of BPP branches that Jeffries and his contributors have examined to seventeen.

Contributors: Curtis Austin, Judson L. Jeffries, Charles E. Jones, Ava Kinsey, Duncan MacLaury, Sarah Nicklas, John Preusser.

In The Black Panther Party in a City near You, Judson Jeffries brings together an aggregation of knowledgeable authors who produce critical and insightful essays on chapters of the Black Panther Party (BPP) with which most scholars are not familiar. Hence, this important text decenters the dominant scholarly focus on Oakland, California. Jeffries is America's foremost BPP scholar, whose overall project is to develop a comprehensive examination of the BPP. In the future, scholars who possess historical, political, sociological, or theoretical interests in aspects of the BPP will find Jeffries' work to be essential to their research. I know of no scholars who have investigated the history of black American progressive organizations as has Jeffries and his numerous colleagues. He is a leader in this distinctive and original scholarly achievement.

—Floyd W. Hayes III, editor of A Turbulent Voyage: Readings in African American Studies

The Black Panther Party in a City Near You, with essays on the BPP in Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, and Washington, D.C., is a worthy addition to this new literature, providing a concrete notion of how the BPP worked across the United States.It provides a portrait of the grassroots diversity of the BPP and a more concrete sense of the relationship of the local chapters to the national leadership.

—Journal of American History

This volume and the series push readers to think about the Panthers more concretely, from the bottom up, in many locales. That is all to the good.

—Andor Skotnes, The Journal of Southern History

Curtis Austin

Charles Jones

Ava Kinsey

Duncan MacLaury

Sarah Nicklas

John Preusser

About the Author/Editor

JUDSON L. JEFFRIES is a professor of African American and African studies at Ohio State University. He is the author of Virginia's Native Son: The Election and Administration of Governor L. Douglas Wilder; Huey P. Newton: The Radical Theorist; Urban America and Its Police (with Harlan Hahn); and The Portland Black Panthers: Empowering Albina and Remaking a City (with Lucas N. N. Burke).