Black Panthers at 50

Stokely Carmichael

Stokely Carmichael calls for Black Power at a rally in Greenwood, Miss. (Bob Fitch/Courtesy Stanford University Libraries, Special Collections)

Fifty years ago, activists Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale co-founded the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense in Oakland, Calif. The Panthers advocated self-defense in the face of police brutality and ignited a national movement with repercussions in black protest movements today.

To commemorate Black History Month, the Newseum offers key exhibits, artifacts and videos related to significant moments in African American history. Highlights include:

  • Reporting Vietnam, Level 6
    A 1967 comic book written by civil rights leader Julian Bond that questioned the morality of the Vietnam War.
  • News Corp. News History Gallery, Level 5
    Exhibits on the black press and a Newseum-produced documentary on the civil rights movement, plus historic newspapers that chronicle the abolition movement in the 1830s up to Barack Obama’s election as America’s first black president.
  • Civil Rights Exhibits, Level 4
    “Make Some Noise: Students and the Civil Movement,” which chronicles the new generation of student leaders in the early 1960s who fought segregation by making their voices heard and exercising their First Amendment rights.“1966: Civil Rights at 50,” which explores milestone civil rights events of 1966, including the rise of the Black Power movement and the shooting of activist James Meredith during his “March Against Fear” through Mississippi. “Voices of the Civil Rights Movement,” an interactive kiosk featuring interviews with more than 100 civil rights leaders, produced as part of Comcast NBCUniversal’s “His Dream, Our Stories” project.
  • Cox First Amendment Gallery, Level 4
    The First Amendment’s role in anti-slavery meetings and civil rights protests.
  • Bloomberg Internet, TV and Radio Gallery, Level 3
    A timeline of live radio and television broadcasts, including Jesse Owens in the 1936 Berlin Olympics and the protests in Ferguson, Mo., in 2014.
  • Pulitzer Prize Photographs Gallery, Level 1
    Pulitzer Prize-winning photography, including Moneta Sleet Jr.’s image of Coretta Scott King at the funeral of her husband, Martin Luther King Jr., in 1968. Sleet, who was a photographer for Ebony magazine, was the first black man to win a Pulitzer.


Contributing support for “1966: Civil Rights at 50” has been provided by Altria Group.


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