It is impossible to look at this picture and not see the devotion to the message that the Black Panther Party was sending out.
Sunday, March 2, 2008
"What we Want, What we Believe!"
The Black Panther Party was established in 1966 to promote African-American empowerment and social change. Their methods were in stark contrast to the prior peaceful protests, and included militant demonstrations and attacks on police. Stephen Shames spent six years with the Black Panthers, photographing both the public and private aspects of their organization. The 1960’s and 1970’s was a racially charged, tumultuous time in America and Shames’ 1970 picture depicts the seriousness of the issues and how passionately the Black Panther Party felt about creating a better society for African-Americans.