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All Power to the People

ID Number: 3142
Maker: Black Panther Party; Emory Douglas
Technique: offset
Date Made: 1969-03-09
Place Made: United States: California
Measurements: 28.9 cm x 44.4 cm; 11 3/8 in x 17 1/2 in
Main Subject: Black Panther Party; African Americans; Viet Nam War Era
Materials: wrapped, corners; paper (fiber product)
Digitized: Y

Full Text:
Black Panther Party All Power to the People

Acquisition Number: 1993-082

Back cover of Black Panther newspaper, March 9, 1969

Copyright Status:
Under copyright; used by CSPG for educational and research purposes only. Distribution or reproduction beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners.

Exhibition Annotation:
Back cover of Black Panther newspaper, March 9, 1969 All Power to the People was the motto and slogan of the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense. It symbolized their basic belief that every community has the right to determine its own destiny through the control of its institutions, determining its own laws, governing its own land, and creating its own cultural values. As Marxists/Maoists, they wanted an end to imperialism, a fairer distribution of the world’s wealth, and political representation in decision making worldwide. All Power to the People is an inclusive slogan, in contrast to the demand for Black Power associated with black-nationalist groups such as the Nation of Islam and the Los Angeles based Us Organization. As the Panthers became more focused on socialism without racial exclusivity, they condemned black-nationalism as “black racism.”

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