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Panther: Blueprint for Black Power is the story of the unexpected birthplace of the Black Panther, a site that changed the course of the nation. But it’s not where you might expect. Far from Oakland, the Black Panther and its principles came from just outside Selma, Alabama. Lowndes County, Alabama: a county where every single thing Black folks did was an act of rebellion. A county where an all-Black party made it to the ballot in the year 1966. A county that paved the way for revolution. The fourth season of the Murrow Award-winning Reckon Radio examines the first year the Voting Rights Act was put to the test, deep in the heart of the Jim Crow South. Pulitzer Prize finalist Roy S. Johnson and journalist Eunice Elliott tell the story of Lowndes County and the election that shaped politics - and activism - as we know it.

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Panther: Blueprint for Black Power is the story of the unexpected birthplace of the Black Panther, a site that changed the course of the nation. But it’s not where you might expect. Far from Oakland, the Black Panther and its principles came from just outside Selma, Alabama. Lowndes County, Alabama: a county where every single thing Black folks did was an act of rebellion. A county where an all-Black party made it to the ballot in the year 1966. A county that paved the way for revolution. The fourth season of the Murrow Award-winning Reckon Radio examines the first year the Voting Rights Act was put to the test, deep in the heart of the Jim Crow South. Pulitzer Prize finalist Roy S. Johnson and journalist Eunice Elliott tell the story of Lowndes County and the election that shaped politics - and activism - as we know it.

    Ch. 1: Between Selma and Montgomery, a Black Panther is Born

    Ch. 1: Between Selma and Montgomery, a Black Panther is Born

    It’s a story we think we know well. It’s 1965, and the Civil Rights Movement is in full swing. Thousands are marching on Montgomery, protesting the treatment of Black Americans. But what about the people who lived alongside that road? The people who remained after the national cameras and big names left town were the lifeblood of the movement for Black Power.
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    • 35 min
    Ch. 2: “Bloody Lowndes” - The County that Changed the Nation

    Ch. 2: “Bloody Lowndes” - The County that Changed the Nation

    How did a county known as “Bloody Lowndes” become the birthplace of the Black Panther? Because the people of Lowndes met vicious, racist violence with a powerful response.
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    • 34 min
    Ch. 3: Don't Back a Panther into a Corner

    Ch. 3: Don't Back a Panther into a Corner

    What did the Lowndes County movement look like? Everything Black folks did was an act of rebellion—it wasn’t just door knocking and registering to vote. Plus the story of how the Black Panther symbol was born.
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    • 31 min
    Ch. 4: The Peril of a Black Party on the Ballot

    Ch. 4: The Peril of a Black Party on the Ballot

    How will the first election with an all-Black party end? It’s Election Day, 1966, and the Voting Rights Act is being put to the test. The Lowndes County Freedom Organization’s candidates have canvassed, campaigned and called on Black voters to show up to the polls for the Black Panther - at no small danger to themselves.
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    • 38 min
    Ch. 5: The Black Panthers' Blueprint for Change

    Ch. 5: The Black Panthers' Blueprint for Change

    Election Day for the Lowndes County Freedom Organization’s candidates didn’t go the way they wanted. But their party’s work - and its mascot the Black Panther - has rippled down through the years and across the country. To show what the Lowndes County Freedom Organization means today, journalists Eunice Elliott and Roy S. Johnson go back to the very origins of the Voting Rights Act, and the ways its opponents have tried to tear it down.
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    • 33 min
    Ch. 6: How Movements Make Us Taller, featuring DeJuana Thompson & TN Rep. Justin J. Pearson

    Ch. 6: How Movements Make Us Taller, featuring DeJuana Thompson & TN Rep. Justin J. Pearson

    In the final episode, Woke Vote founder and Birmingham Civil Rights Institute President, DeJuana Thompson, and Tennessee State Rep Justin J. Pearson sit down with hosts Eunice Elliott and Roy S. Johnson. The four discuss the status of the movement for Black Power today—what's changed, what hasn’t and how the strategies of the Lowndes County Freedom Organization (LFCO) hold up today. To Pearson and Thompson, the past isn’t the past. It’s our toolkit for tomorrow.
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    • 40 min

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Great Podcast

This is by far the most in-depth piece on the origins of The Black Panthers, and “Who Knew”’lol. Please keep providing quality information and intriguing stories.

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