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Of Black Panthers and We Care Signs

Of Black Panthers and We Care Signs

An Essay By Kathryn Usher January 6, 2010

A couple of years ago, my daughter’s fiance introduced me to the 2001 Spike Lee movie "A Huey P. Newton Story." It was an adaptation of Roger Guenveur Smith’s one-man show about the life and times of Newton, who was one of the founders of The Black Panther Party.

Before the movie started, this is what I thought I knew about The Party: “Black Panther equals Evil.”

From the first puff of Smith’s chain-smoking performance, I was captivated. I realized there was much more to The Black Panther Party than I could have possibly absorbed during my pre-cable television childhood (in case you don’t know me, I am a Caucasian woman who grew up fairly middle class in the rolling hills of the “Green Country” part of Oklahoma).

Who knew The Party ran so many social programs? Initiatives included free clinics, grocery giveaways, school and education programs, senior programs, and legal aid programs. The Party's Sickle Cell Anemia Research Foundation was among the nation's first such testing programs. Its Free Breakfast Program served as a model for national programs.

What caught my attention most in the flick was the ten-point program The Black Panther Party crafted. In October 15, 1966 Newton and Bobby Seale drafted the first version. The list established the primary goals of The Party.

1.We Want Freedom. We Want Power To Determine
The Destiny Of Our Black Community.

2.We Want Full Employment For Our People.

3.We Want An End To The Robbery
By The Capitalists Of Our Black Community.

4.We Want Decent Housing Fit For The Shelter Of Human Beings.

5.We Want Education for Our People That Exposes The
True Nature Of This Decadent American Society.
We Want Education That Teaches Us Our True History
And Our Role In The Present-Day Society.

6.We Want All Black Men To Be Exempt From Military Service.

7.We Want An Immediate End To
Police Brutality And Murder Of Black People.

8.We Want Freedom For All Black Men
Held In Federal, State, County And City Prisons And Jails.

9.We Want All Black People When Brought To Trial To Be Tried In
Court By A Jury Of Their Peer Group Or People From Their Black
Communities, As Defined By The Constitution Of The United States.

10.We Want Land, Bread, Housing, Education, Clothing, Justice And Peace.

Whew. Mind-boggling. But then again, not really so far out. I can understand. After struggling to take care of chronically sick family members for years, I can relate to that list of needs.

Who doesn’t want decent housing, clothing, food, medical care, and schooling? Oh heck, I’d love to also have time for friends and a bit of fun. The happiest country in the world seems to have figured it out. Denmark is where the happiest people live. They seem to have all these things and they are a capitalist society. I also think it’s a list that the 8lb 6oz Baby Jesus could approve.

The funny thing was those ten points reminded me of a list of 8 items I had read just days prior to watching Newton puff smoke all over the small screen. But what had I read and where had I put it? Most days our Highland home resembles the cluttered homestead National Public Radio commentator, Bailey White seems to write about.

A week later, I cleared off the computer desk that sits across from the French doors that open onto our front porch. There it was. A set of stapled papers in a maroon folder. Shreveport Bossier Community Renewal 8 Elements. I couldn’t help but marvel at how those 8 elements were so similar to the ten points of The Party from 40 years ago. Shreveport Bossier Community Renewal (now called Community Renewal International) believes there is a way to systematically improve cities block by block by reawakening the “caring” in folks. CRI believes healthy communities are composed of whole persons who have basic needs meet and are then able to then go out and be competent and compassionate folks. Those 8 basic needs of a community are adequate housing, meaningful work, healthcare, safety, a leadership system, culture of caring, education, and mutually enhancing relationships.

So many of the programs of The Party from the sixties seemed to mirror the 8 elements CRI is currently working on in Shreveport and my Highland neighborhood.

There is a trifecta of irony hovering around all of this. Newton was named after Huey Long. Newton was also born the seventh son of a Louisiana sharecropper. The spiritual parent of The Black Panther Party itself is said to be the Louisiana-based Deacons for Defense.

Long, Newton’s namesake, is the Louisiana governor who is best remembered for his “Share the Wealth” platform that came about during The Great Depression. Long was demonized as a dangerous revolutionary, yet revered by the masses as a champion of the common man.

Newton did his work in the 1960s and 1970s. And here we are in this new century addressing the same issues Long and Newton addressed

Blue is the color of hope

Blue is the color of hope

After several weeks and no sign of bluebirds, I started to question if we would have a nesting family this year. I really hung on to hope and thought maybe the cold weather had put the nesting on hold. The last 3 days this male has shown up and goes in and out of the box. He hangs out in the trees and baths in the ditch. Today he came with a female. I have the feeling maybe she is one of last years fledglings. She flew right over to the cedar swing that the babies were fed on. Then she saw me in the window and flew to a feeder near the window. Made my day. So I am hanging on to the hope that I will still have a new family of bluebirds moving in soon. I should note that this is the male. My camera was not as cooperative with the female.

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