No Justice, No Health: the Black Panther Party's Fight for Health in Boston and Beyond.

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Author: Mary T. Bassett
Date: Dec. 2019
From: Journal of African American Studies(Vol. 23, Issue 4)
Publisher: Springer
Document Type: Article
Length: 5,961 words
Lexile Measure: 1370L

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The Black Panther Party (BPP) evolved from an organization focused on armed self-defense against police brutality to one that framed police violence as part of broader social violence. Protection meant advocating for a wide range of social and economic rights, including the right to health. In this view, the BPP aligned with a broader tradition of community health from the civil rights movement, women's movement, and other progressive movements. Fred Hampton articulated a radical view that saw the inadequate government social services as a form of oppression. Central to better health was the promotion of social justice and human dignity, incorporated into the BPP "survival programs." In a few short years, the BPP established more than a dozen clinics across the country and a national sickle cell screening program. Its legacy remains relevant today.

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