The Black Panther Party [Reconsidered] by Judson L. Jeffries

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The Black Panthers was the most effective grassroots black revolutionary group in American history — but one whose legend, replayed in sensationalized news stories, a major movie, and countless publications, has outlived the group itself. Featuring never-before-published reflections from former members as well as tables and illustrations, this pioneering collection of essays examines this unique organization in depth using a new approach that places the views of former Panthers alongside those of historians and cultural commentators. The result is a vital dialogue between inside and outside perceptions and realities. A section on gender dynamics offers a much-needed examination of the role of women in the Party. Other essays in the volume address the social forces that gave rise to the Party, the organizational dynamics involved in maintaining its activities, and the internal and external factors that eventually contributed to the Party's decline. Neither strict memoir nor analysis, but combining elements of both, The Black Panther Party Reconsidered turns a welcome lens on this much-misunderstood group.
Contributors include
JoNina Abron, Christopher B. Booker, Kathleen Neal Cleaver, Christian A. Davenport, Winston A.Grady-Willis, Floyd W. Hayes III, Judson L. Jeffries, Regina Jennings, Ollie A. Johnson III, Francis A. Kiene III, Angela D. LeBlanc-Ernest, Melvin E. Lewis, Clarence Lusane, Tracye Matthews, Steve D. McCutchen, Miriam Ma'at-Ka-Re Monges, Nikhil Pal Singh, Akinyele Omowale Umoja.
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Amid a gold-rush of books about this enigmatic group, The Black Panther Party Reconsidered is the most substantial offering. As it aptly shows, there was more to the Panthers than rhetoric, shotguns and black leather. - Emerge

Here is a searing, illuminating and unapologetic look at the BPP, whose 1966-1982 history is one of the most controversial and dynamic political dramas of our time.- Publishers Weekly

Recommended for collections on African Americans and modern U.S. history and politics. - Library Journal
 

About Judson L. Jeffries

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Jones is a widely respected speaker on leadership. He serves as president of LIfe Management Services, Inc., and Executive Books.
 
Published June 11, 2013 by Black Classic Press. 519 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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Here is a searing, illuminating and unapologetic look at the Black Panther Party, whose 1966-1982 history is one of the most controversial and dynamic political dramas of our time. Georgia State Unive

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Here is a searing, illuminating and unapologetic look at the Black Panther Party, whose 1966-1982 history is one of the most controversial and dynamic political dramas of our time. Georgia State Unive

Feb 09 1998 | Read Full Review of The Black Panther Party [Reco...

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