The Black Panther, 1966-2016

Vitrine #7: From Education to Liberation: Making Young Revolutionaries

Beginning as informal after-school teaching sessions, the Black Panther Party’s educational programs for children developed into official, full-time schools by the early 1970s. Established in 1971, The Intercommunal Youth Institute in Oakland, California was the Party’s first full-time elementary and middle school, and primarily served the daughters and sons of Party members during its first two years. By 1973, the Youth Institute changed locations to a larger venue, became known as the Oakland Community School, and provided classes to children from the broader Oakland community. At the Community School, students took traditional courses as well as lessons in meditation, drama, and martial arts.

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