“Feeding the Revolution”: the Black Panther Party, Hunger, and Community Survival

  title={“Feeding the Revolution”: the Black Panther Party, Hunger, and Community Survival},
  author={Mary Potorti},
  journal={Journal of African American Studies},
  • Mary Potorti
  • Published 29 March 2017
  • Political Science
  • Journal of African American Studies
This article situates concerns of hunger and food access at the center of Black Panther Party efforts to organize poor black communities in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Beginning with free breakfast programs for schoolchildren, Panther community food initiatives, the most celebrated of the Party’s “survival programs,” worked to neutralize the power of hunger to inhibit the physical development, educational advancement, and political engagement of the urban poor. In conceptualizing and… 
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