The Portland Black Panthers
320 pages, 5 1/5 x 9 2/5
15 b&w illustrations
Release Date:01 Jun 2016

The Portland Black Panthers

Empowering Albina and Remaking a City

University of Washington Press
Excluded from politics, spatially confined, and subjected to destructive urban renewal projects, by the 1960s, African Americans in Portland's Albina district had reached their limit and, with few options left, began resorting to innovative forms of political participation, ranging from moderate demands for neighborhood involvement with urban planners to radical, separatist opposition. Weaving the history of Portland's development with interviews from surviving Black Panthers, this book shatters violent stereotypes associated with the radical group, showing that in Portland, at least, Black Panther members were more concerned with receiving fair housing and access to public health than anything else.
Lucas N. N. Burke is a graduate student in history at the UniversIty of Oregon. Judson L. Jeffries is a professor of African American Studies at Ohio State University and author or editor of several books including On the Ground: The Black Panther Party in Communities Across America and Huey P. Newton, The Radical Theorist.
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