Nine Lives of a Black Panther: A Story of Survival | Afro

Nine Lives of a Black Panther003The Declaration of Independence states that “All men are created equal” and “endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights,” namely, “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” The sacrosanct document further stipulates that when people are denied those rights by the government, “it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government.”The Black Panther Party [BPP] was founded out of a frustration felt by folks being denied a fair shot at the American Dream due to segregation and racial discrimination. The revolutionary organization took to heart the Declaration’s clauses asserting a right to rebel in the face of oppression.After the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, the fledgling BPP exploded in popularity among the no longer patient Black youth of the late Sixties. After all, that generation had come of age watching news reports featuring wave after wave of non-violent martyrs being beaten, hosed and even lynched merely for lobbying to vote or eat at a lunch counter.Among those attracted to the Party’s socialist philosophy was Wayne Pharr, a kid from Berkeley, Calif. who volunteered his time at the L.A. chapter’s understaffed Watts office before becoming a card-carrying member. However, it wasn’t long thereafter that he landed in a life-and-death situation.

 

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