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Move on Over or We'll Move on Over You

ID Number: 3157
Maker: Artist Unknown
Technique: offset
Date Made: circa 1967
Place Made: United States: California
Measurements: 43 cm x 28 cm; 16 15/16 in x 11 in
Main Subject: Black Panther Party; African Americans; Viet Nam War Era
Materials: paper (fiber product)
Digitized: Y

Full Text:
Move on over or we'll move on over you

Acquisition Number: 1990-047

Origin of the Black Panther Logo—Lowndes County, Alabama was well known during the 1950s and 1960s for its virulent racism and repression of black residents. 12,000 of its 15,000 residents were African American, more than half lived below the poverty line, and at the beginning of 1965, none were registered to vote. That year, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) began a voter registration campaign to politically empower the black residents. They joined with John Hulett, the first Black resident of Lowndes County to vote, and turned his church-based Lowndes County Christian Movement for Human Rights into the secular Lowndes County Freedom Organization in January of 1966. The organization urged community members to seize political power by voting, and the symbol on their ballot was the black panther, an indigenous American animal that defends itself when attacked. This image later became the symbol and the name for the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense founded in Oakland in 1966. Although poster includes a black panther, this was not a BPP poster. The panther image became associated with the BPP, but was first used by the Lowndes County Freedom Organization, formed in January 1966

Copyright Status:
Probably public domain.

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