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In October of 1966, in Oakland California, Huey Newton, and Bobby Seale founded the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense. The Panthers practiced militant self-defense of minority communities against the U.S. government, and fought to establish revolutionary socialism through mass organizing and community-based programs. The party was one of the first organizations in U.S. history to militantly struggle for ethnic minority and working class emancipation - a party whose agenda was the revolutionary establishment of real economic, social, and political equality across gender and color lines. Many words have been said about the Black Panthers...listen to what they have to say.

©2013 BN Publishing (P)2013 BN Publishing

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  • 05-22-15

So Hard to understand

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

No, I couldn't understand Fred's speeches. I slowed down the audio as much as possible but realized that it was the quality of the recordings. That can't really be anyone else's fault. Fred not only spoke very quickly but he lived quite a long time ago.

What other book might you compare Power to the People to and why?

I listened to a program of Malcolm X's speeches and this was similar.

What three words best describe Fred Hampton’s voice?

Inspirational, fast and at times, incomprehensible

Could you see Power to the People being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Yes and uncertain.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Some parts may be trouble hearing

Great history lesson great speech of empowerment should be heard yearly just to remind yourself. If your just now reading this it's too late word to the 6god

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  • David
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  • 07-05-14

Interesting primary source material

Interesting primary source. The audio edition can be hard to understand as the speeches sound as if they were recorded separately from whatever sound system they were using so is full of crowd noise, and echo from the speakers. They also don't set context for the speeches so I can only tell the shift in time and location from the content of the speech. It would have helpful to add something explain the date, and location, let alone any other context for the story around that speech. It was still interesting to experience the emotional content, and to hear from the Panthers. I had some background in the Panthers from a University course so, so long ago, which helped. If you're not familiar with the Black Panther Party, nor versed in the history of the struggle for Civil Rights, this isn't a good place to start, as it's just speeches.

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Glad these recordings exist

Enlightened by the recordings, wish they were enhanced and made clearer. I look forward to finding more historical black recordings.

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POWER TO THE PEOPLE!

I love Fred Hampton, this was a great listen. Sad to say his messages still apply to todays society.

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necessary

it is just hard to hear a few of the speeches. regardless this is necessary.

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Interesting

What would have made Power to the People better?

Just to have the audio a bit clearer. I know because these are speeches spliced together that is all but an impossibility but that would have made this experience better for me.

What other book might you compare Power to the People to and why?

None at this time.

What about Fred Hampton’s performance did you like?

This was a collection of speeches so I don't think this question is relevant in my personal opinion. He was usually speaking to a crowd of people and the overall tone was the same.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

My overall reaction to the book was anger at the death of Fred Hampton and other Black Panther Party members. How the news of their deaths were reported.

Any additional comments?

This was the first book about the Blank Panther Party I have read. I am eager to pick up more and learn more of the group.

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the seeds of the movement's destruction

Some of the goals of the BPP were noble. Increased empowerment of local communities to have more power to influence decisions impacting their daily lives, feeding the poor, providing healthcare for the sick, and others were and are things worthy of pursuit. However, MLK was right when he said violence begets violence. Talk of retaliation and armed self defense made the party easy to demonize and paint with a broad brush. And ultimately, violence ended them. This provides a sample of some of the dialogue that illustrates that philosophy.

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