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More Than Just FoodFood Justice and Community Change$
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Garrett Broad

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780520287440

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520287440.001.0001

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From the Black Panthers to the USDA

From the Black Panthers to the USDA

(p.129) 5 From the Black Panthers to the USDA
More Than Just Food

Garrett M. Broad

University of California Press

This chapter recounts the history of the revolutionary black nationalist and socialist organization, the Black Panther Party (BPP). The organization took shape at a time when young Americans were routinely being sent to fight and die in Vietnam, and skyrocketing urban poverty rates prevented many African Americans from securing the basic necessities of modern life. From its early years of organizing, the party's emphasis on community programs was a central piece of its broader approach to social change and served as the primary focus for many of the local BPP chapters in cities across the United States. The remainder of the chapter narrates how Community Services Unlimited (CSU) was formed as the nonprofit arm of the Southern California chapter of the Black Panther Party.

Keywords:   Black Panther Party, social change, Community Services Unlimited, Southern California, African Americans, black nationalist

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