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Power to the People

The Black Panthers Speak
Narrated by: Fred Hampton
Length: 1 hr and 2 mins
4 out of 5 stars (68 ratings)
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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.

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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.

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  • David
  • San Jose, CA United States
  • 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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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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So cool to hear this legend speak his own words

So cool to hear this legend speak his own words. And hear the crowd cheer him on. It feels like you are there.

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Audio- can't understand anything

Everything I hear sounds interesting- but I can never make out the next line. This would be better if it was re-read in a studio or something. I can't make out anything

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Don’t bother

The sound quality is terrible and the volume is low at times. Also some of the speeches are by others after his death, very misleading

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Great speeches by Fred Hampton

very important to know this history but the only problem I have is it is a little hard to hear and understand.

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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.