Black Panther Tour

Black Panther Tours* provides a historical bus tour of sites in Oakland, CA. which were significant to the Black Panther Party, the civil rights movement and United States History.

For more information about the history of the Black Panther Party click here to visit www.BlackPanther.org.

The History

Emerging from the tumultuous first half decade of the 1960’s, the founding of the Black Panther Party by Dr. Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale in October 1966, marked the beginning of a new era for the tired, troubled and confused America. One phrase simultaneously both a flat statement of resistance to the impoverished conditions of life and a stirring cry to action to change those conditions, best characterizes and sums up this new epoch. It was a phrase initiated by the Black Panther Party in their early days in Oakland, California, which spread like wildfire across this land – North, East, South and west – calling forth the emergence of hitherto unknown numbers of black, poor and disposessed people into conscious political activity, in their own name and in their own interest. Five simple words seized America’s soul in an attempt to make it whole: “ALL POWER TO THE PEOPLE.

Fredrika Newton, President and David Hilliard, former Chief of Staff and Executive Director of the Dr. Huey P. Newton Foundation, will grant rights to use the Black Panther Party’s historic images.

*Please note that VCS went on this tour as part of a field trip. The tour is not organized by or through VCS and we are unfortunately unable to help in the planning of future tours.