Community Programs and Monumental Events of the Black Panthers: What happens now

Tour curated by: Dajanae Barrows

When we look for the Black Panthers, we immediately think of the revolutionaries, not those that cared about their community. What happens now?

For this tour, I plan to outline several of the locations for their community programs in Oakland, such as the Free Breakfast Program, the Oakland Community School, and the Sickle Cell Research Foundation.

Locations for Tour

Elaine Brown, a Black Panther, was appointed as the chairman of the Black Panther Party after its founder Huey Newton fled to Cuba for murder charges against 17-year-old Oakland native Kathleen Smith. Brown reigned as chairwoman from 1974 to 1977,…

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…

St. Augustine's Episcopal Church of Oakland (529 29th Street) is one of the oldest Episcopal churches in Oakland. It was founded on land donated by Reverend Dr. John Bakewell in 1892, and consecrated on Easter Sunday of 1893. It was also…

The Black Panther Party Office #1 (on 5624 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Oakland, CA, 94609) was founded in 1967. This particular office produced and organized the Black Panther Party newsletter. According to former Panther David Hilliard,…

DeFremery Park (1651 Adeline Street) is a 9.4 acre park located in West Oakland. The park is comprised of a landmark historic Victorian house, a depression-era swimming pool, a Skate Park, 3 tennis courts, a basketball court, a softball field, a…

The Sickle Cell Anemia Foundation was created in 1971 to test and create a cure for sickle-cell anemia (a deadly blood disease that affects primarily Black Americans). Working with the People's Free Medical Research Health Clinics, the…

Seniors Against a Fearful Environment (or S.A.F.E), a nonprofit organization, was started in 1970 by the Black Panther Party as a means to prevent muggings and attacks against the elderly. Before approaching the Black Panther Party, senior citizens…

The Black Panther Party newspaper was founded by Huey Newton and Bobby Seale in 1967. The newspaper was originally created to inform, educate and organize the people and promote the 10-Point Program and Platform. The BPP newspaper grew from a…