The Ten-Point Program

The Ten-Point Program was a set of rules and guidelines to how the Black Panther Party would ideally work. To them, the Ten-Point Program was a “Declaration of
Independence”, as well as a Bill of Rights. Leaders Huey Newton and Bobby Seale drafted the first version in October 1966, on 55th and Market (in North Oakland).

According to book Revolutionary Suicide, Newton “rapped off the essential points…[while] Bobby wrote them down”, and that it took them about twenty minutes to write. It contained two sections: “What We Want Now” and “What We Believe”. It was officially released in the Black Panther party’s newspaper in May 1967.

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Dajanae Barrows, “The Ten-Point Program,” Street Stories: Oakland, accessed October 16, 2018,
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