The Black Student Alliance was a program founded by The Black Panther Party that created unity among students and neighboring communities, and provided financial aid as well as free books and child care. Seniors Against a Fearful Environment, also known as SAFE, was created to provide free transportation for seniors who were fearful of muggings.

This Atlanta Black Star video highlights these and other programs founded by The Black Panther Party to provide resources to Black people in several cities across the United States.

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The Black Panther Party or the BPP (originally the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense) was a revolutionary black nationalist and socialist organization active in the United States from 1966 until 1982, with international chapters operating in the United Kingdom in the early 1970s, and in Algeria from 1969 until 1972.

At its inception on October 15, 1966, the Black Panther Party’s core practice was its armed citizens’ patrols to monitor the behavior of officers of the Oakland Police Department and challenge police brutality in Oakland, California. In 1969, community social programs became a core activity of party members. The Black Panther Party instituted a variety of community social programs, most extensively the Free Breakfast for Children Programs, and community health clinics to address issues like food injustice. The party enrolled the largest number of members and made the greatest impact in the Oakland-San Francisco Bay Area, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Seattle, and Philadelphia. (Wikipedia).


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