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Article: Apparel of Social Consciousness - Black Panther Power

Logo - Black Panther Party Panther Power Est. 1966 Oakland, CA

Apparel of Social Consciousness - Black Panther Power

It is our honor to work in collaboration with the Black Panther Party Alumni Legacy Network and Dr. Saturu Ned, a former member of The Lumpen and educator at the Oakland Community Learning Center who’s also a current  member of the Black Panther Party Alumni Legacy Network. Dr. Saturu Ned's focus in this collaboration was to create "apparel of social consciousness" with Oaklandish.  

The Black Panther Party was founded in Oakland, CA on October 15th, 1966 as a revolutionary political group fighting against the oppression and social inequalities of Black people. The party's Ten Point Program continues to serve as a blueprint to social justice.

The alumni legacy network is composed of original Black Panther Party members and other passionate individuals, students, community organizations and business owners who have a passion for every member of the community to prosper and grow educationally, socially, and economically from generation to generation. In Dr. Saturu Ned's words, "wearing our gear not only sends a message of solidarity and representation but that the legacy of the Black Panther Party founded in OAKLAND, CA, lives on!!!" 

In purchasing items from this collection, customers will be supporting the Black Panther Party Alumni Legacy Network as they continue to educate the community about its rich history, and inspire the next generation of leaders. The merch collaboration directly supports their current Community Initiatives involving quality preventive healthcare, secondary education - financial literacy amongst youth, higher education, and technological education.

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Dr. Saturu Ned leading and teaching youth in walking tour.
Black Panther Party Alumni Legacy Network Logo with text and hearts


The Black Panther Party developed many early social programs that were based on the immediate needs of the community. These pioneering programs were created to improve the conditions of disenfranchised black and oppressed peoples are often unacknowledged by historians as being the first to inspire nationwide and global programs to change the conditions of oppressed communities throughout America and the World. There were more than 100 community impact programs. The following is a list composed of 65 Survival Programs created by the Black Panther Party that have been documented by Stanford University some of which are still alive today.

Alameda County Volunteer
Benefit Counseling
Black Student Alliance
Child Development Center
Consumer Education Classes
Community Facility Use
Community Health Classes
East Oakland CIL (Center for Independent Living) Branch
Community Pantry (Free Food Program)
Disabled Persons Services/Transportation and Attendant
Drug/Alcohol Abuse Awareness Program
Drama Classes
Drill Team
Employment Referral Service
Free Ambulance Program
Free Breakfast for Children Programs
Free Bussing to Prisons Program
Free Clothing Program
Free Commissary for Prisoners Program
Free Dental Program
Free Employment Program
Free Food Program
Free Film Series
Free Furniture Program
Free Health Clinics
Free Housing Cooperative Program
Food Cooperative Program
Free Optometry Program
Community Forum
Free Pest Control Program
Free Plumbing and Maintenance Program
Free Shoe Program
GED Classes
Geriatric Health Center
GYN Clinic
Home SAFE Visits
Intercommunal Youth Institute (becomes OCS in 1975)
Junior High and High School Tutorial Program
Legal Aid and Education
Legal Clinic/Workshops
Laney Experimental College Extension Site
Legal Referral Service(s)
Liberation Schools
Martial Arts Program
Nutrition Classes
Oakland Community Learning Center
Outreach Preventative Care
Program Development
Pediatric Clinic
Police Patrols
Seniors Against a Fearful Environment
Son of Man Temple (becomes Community Forum in 1976)
Sports Program
Senior Switchboard
The Black Panther Newspaper
Teen Council
Teen Program
U.C. Berkeley Students Health Program
STD Preventative Screening & Counseling
Visiting Nurses Program
WIC Program (Women’s, Infants & Children)
Youth Diversion and Probation Site
Youth Training and Development
Sickle Cell Anemia Research Foundation and Testing


1. We want freedom. We want power to determine the destiny of our Black and oppressed communities.

2. We want full employment for our people.

3. We want an end to the robbery by the capitalists of our Black and oppressed communities.

4. We want decent housing, fit for the shelter of human beings.

5. We want decent education for our people that exposes the true nature of this decadent American society. We want an education that teaches us our true history and our role in present day society.
6. We want completely free health care for all Black and oppressed people.  

7. We want an immediate end to police brutality and murder of Black people, other people of color, all oppressed people inside the United States.

8. We want an immediate end to all wars of aggression. 

9. We want freedom for all Black and oppressed people now held in U.S. federal, state, county, city and Military prisons and jails. We want trials by a jury of peers for all persons charged with so-called crimes under the laws of this country.

10. We want land, bread, housing, education, clothing, justice, peace, and people’s community control of modern Technology.

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