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Seattle Black Panther Party History and Memory Project

The Black Panther Party History and Memory Project is a multimedia effort to chronicle the Seattle chapter of the Black Panther Party. Founded in 1968, the Seattle Chapter was one of the first to be formed outside Oakland and became one of longest lived bases of the Party. [1][2][3] The Project is the largest online collection of materials about any branch of the organization.[4] The materials include detailed video oral histories, historical documents and photographs and the complete transcript of a 1970 Congressional Hearing held on the Seattle Chapter. The Project is an initiative of the Seattle Civil Rights and Labor History Project at the University of Washington.


An original essay details the height of the Seattle Chapter, between 1968 and 1970, from its formation by Black Student Union members to a narrowly averted raid on Party headquarters. This is accompanied by more than 100 digitized newspaper articles that appeared between 1968 and 1979, recollections of members and former Seattle Mayor Wes Uhlman, rare personal photograph collections, and copies of the Chapter’s newspaper. Like other sections of the Seattle Civil Rights and Labor History Project, the site contains model lesson plans for middle school and high school teachers using the available materials.[1]


  1. ^ a b Solomon, Cara (May 21, 2006). "The story of Seattle's Black Panther Party". Seattle Times.
  2. ^ Westneat, Danny (May 11, 2005). "Reunion of Black Panthers stirs memories of aggression, activism". Seattle Times.
  3. ^ Lindblom, Mike (May 15, 2005). "Black Panthers share history with new generation". Seattle Times.
  4. ^ Schwarz, Joel (May 16, 2006). "History of Black Panthers to come alive in classrooms, meeting, Web site". UW Week.

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