The Black Panther newspaper, vol. 5, No. 2 (“What We Want What We Believe. Black Panther Party Platform and Program”), 1969

A newspaper spread featuring a man in a beret holding an automatic weapon on the lefthand column and text on the right side.

Published by the Black Panther Party.

The Black Panther Party, originally known as the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense, created a platform in October 1966 in response to police violence, discrimination, and inequity. This document was published in every issue of The Black Panther newspaper from 1967 until 1980, when the paper went out of circulation. Chandler read the newspaper and attended party meetings in Boston around the time he crafted and delivered his own manifesto, list of demands, and plan of action to the MFA.