The Black Panthers: Revolutionaries, Free Breakfast Pioneers

Not the story that is usually told…

Bill Whitfield, member of the Black Panther chapter in Kansas City, serves free breakfast to children before they go to school, April 16, 1969. Merchants have supplied food and money for the daily meals. The panthers are a radical Black Power group whose members in some cities have been charged with violent activities. The Kansas City Panthers say that they keep guns only for defense. (AP Photo/William P. Straeter)

Bill Whitfield, member of the Black Panther chapter in Kansas City, serves free breakfast to children before they go to school, April 16, 1969. Merchants have supplied food and money for the daily meals. The panthers are a radical Black Power group whose members in some cities have been charged with violent activities. The Kansas City Panthers say that they keep guns only for defense. (AP Photo/William P. Straeter)

Born in their Oakland, California headquarters in 1968, it was one of the first organized school breakfast food programs in the country.

This fall, a new documentary, The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution, traces the roots of the Black Panther movement and the impact of its rise and fall on society…

Read about it, on The Plate.

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