If high school kids are even lucky enough to hear about the Black Panthers, they definitely aren’t hearing about this part of their mission.
In the mid-1960s, the Black Panther Party developed several social programs that provided assistance to not only African Americans, but also poor whites. These were called “Survival Programs.” The above photo is of people receiving food thanks to the Community Pantry / Free Food Program, operated by party members. Other programs included Free Breakfast for Children, community health classes, free clothing, free dental work, free pest control, legal clinics / workshops, tutoring programs, and youth training.
If anyone ever says that the Black Panther Party was solely focused on violence and intimidation, they are lying.