* Founder and former chair of the Black Panther Party
* Pastoral Assistant at Trinity Episcopal Church, Washington, DC
* Priest at St. Augustine's in Oakland, CA where Panthers met from 1967-1973
This year marks the 35th anniversary of the founding of the Black Panthers Party for Self Defense (BPP). Upon its founding in 1966, the BPP quickly gained notoriety for its self-reliant approach to black liberation, providing community services, supporting charities, and promoting equality. But the group is best remembered for favoring violence as the way to respond to police brutality. The BPP disbanded in 1980, but its influence on the black liberation movement is legendary.