Professor Peniel E. Joseph
This course examines the history, legacy, and controversy of the Black Panther Party (1966-
1982). Founded as the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense in October 1966 by radical college
students Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale, the Black Panther Party (BPP) became one of the
most popular and infamous Black Power era organizations. The Black Panthers’ combination of
militant rhetoric and paramilitary accoutrements (which included black berets, leather jackets,
guns, rifles, and at times bandoliers) turned the group in modern revolutionaries engaged in a
quest for black liberation by any means necessary.
To access the complete syllabus, please click on the PDF version of The Black Panther Party syllabus.