Power to the People!
They Promoted Black Beauty
Afros, leather jackets, and berets were the things to wear back in the day, and the BPP was known for sporting these styles. They proved that black is beautiful and it attracted many black people to join, including kids.
The BPP’s 10-point program
The BPP established a 10-point platform that guided the party to self-defense. Freedom, full-time employment, and substantial housing were among the demands that the party wanted from the government.
The BPP started the Free Breakfast for Children Program
Harping on face issues of disadvantaged black people, the party wanted to provide food for black kids who lived in poor neighborhoods. Every morning, they spent about two hours cooking breakfast to nurture the kids before school.
In a documentary, former party member, David Lemieux said, “Studies came out saying that children who didn’t have a good breakfast in the morning were less attentive in school and less inclined to do well and suffered from fatigue. We just simply took that information and a program was developed to serve breakfast to children. We were showing love for our people.” And that’s exactly what they did. The party served about 20,000 meals a week. This program was one of the party’s most successful ones.