Black Panthers seek white D.C. allies: 1969
During the Black Panther recruiting drive in December 1969 led by Jim Williams, the group also sought to set up an affiliated chapter of the National Committee to Combat Fascism (NCCF).
The flyer publicizes a number of events designed to familiarize area students with the Panthers and to recruit members to the NCCF chapter.
The tour came shortly after the Chicago police murder of Fred Hampton on Dec. 4th and this event is addressed on the reverse side of the flyer.
The NCCF only functioned for a short time, but the Panthers established a full-fledged chapter at their announcement of the Revolutionary People’s Constitutional Convention at the Lincoln Memorial in June 1970.
During the same period, the Patriot Party—an allied white revolutionary organization—began recruiting in Southeast D.C. and in Prince George’s County. The Patriots, however, achieved only modest success.
The Panthers in D.C. were beset by arrests and police harassment, but set up a number of community programs including free breakfast for children, a food bank, a health clinic, free rides for visitors to area prisons and other social programs. They also spread their revolutionary philosophy and their advocacy of armed self-defense for the black community.
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Donated by Robert “Bob” Simpson