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The Black Panthers in the Midwest

The Community Programs and Services of the Black Panther Party in Milwaukee, 1966–1977

By Andrew Witt

Routledge – 2007 – 158 pages

Series: Studies in African American History and Culture

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Description

This book analyzes the community programs of the Black Panther Party, specifically those of the Milwaukee branch, with the aim of dispelling many of the existing stereotypes about the Party. Misconceptions range from the Party being labeled as bent on the violent destruction of the United States to it being an overwhelmingly sexist group. This book challenges stereotypes such as these by examining the community programs of the Party and by looking at the role of women in the Party. Witt argues that the Party was not an extremist group dedicated to overthrowing the government of the United States, but rather an organization committed to providing essential community services for lower-income and working-class African American communities around the nation.

Contents

Introduction. 1. "Picking up the Gun’ and Serving the People" 2. "To Serve and Protect" 3. "The Black Panther Party in Milwaukee: A Case Study" 4. "Providing for All" 5. "Leading by Example" 6. "Romanticizing the Past?". Conclusion. Epilogue. Appendix A: "The 10-Point Program of the Black Panther Party". Appendix B: "Rules of the Black Panther Party". Appendix C: "Membership of the Milwaukee Branch". Appendix D: "A Proposal of the Milwaukee Branch for Community Control of the Milwaukee Police Department". Appendix E: "A Sampling of Locations of Black Panther Party Community Programs Nationwide"

Author Bio

Andrew Witt received his BA in African American Studies from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 1996. He received his MA in African American Studies from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 1999, and his PhD from Loyola in 2005. He is currently an Associate Professor of History at Edgewood College.

Name: The Black Panthers in the Midwest: The Community Programs and Services of the Black Panther Party in Milwaukee, 1966–1977 (Paperback)Routledge 
Description: By Andrew Witt. This book analyzes the community programs of the Black Panther Party, specifically those of the Milwaukee branch, with the aim of dispelling many of the existing stereotypes about the Party. Misconceptions range from the Party being labeled as bent on...
Categories: Race & Ethnicity, Contemporary History 1945-, American History, Social & Cultural History, Social Sciences, American Studies