The Black Panthers
2016 marks the 50th anniversary of the Black Panther Party’s founding by two college students, Bobby Seale and Huey P. Newton following the assassination of Malcolm X in 1966, a group emblematic of the Black Power movement that helped shape the tumultuous years of the late 1960s and early 1970s, leading to the election of Barack Obama as America’s first black president. They remain cult heroes today, nearly 50 years after their founding. On the other hand, progress is not apparent in jobs, housing, the justice system. Black male youth are still at-risk. Efforts to feed children or give everyone access to good quality medical care, are under attack.