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Richard Aoki, a founding member of the Black Panther Party. He was Japanese American. What many people fail to realize is that Asian Americans were just as involved in the Civil Rights Movement as African Americans. In watching African Americans expose institutional racism and government hypocrisy, Asian Americans began to identify the ways in which they, too, had faced discrimination in the U.S.

Fred Hampton founded the Chicago chapter of the Black Panther party establishing a free breakfast program for children, free medical clinics, and persuaded the street gangs to stop forming a 'Rainbow Coalition.' The Church Committee proved that Hampton’s body guard was an FBI informant for Cointelpro. Prior to the raid which resulted in the death of Hampton he provided detailed information on the apartment. The majority of shots fired into the apartment were aimed towards Hampton’s bedroom.

Bobby Seale was a co-founder with Huey P. Newton of the Black Panther Party. They studied together at Merritt College and share many of the same ideologies on civil rights and capitalism.

Elaine Brown is an American prison activist, writer, singer, and former Black Panther leader who is based in Oakland, California. She is a former chairperson of the Black Panther Party.

This is the Bobby Seale poster created for the PBS series The African Americans: Many Rivers To Cross. The poster was created by Ink & Sword and features a quote by political activist and co-founder of the Black Panther Party, Bobby Seale. The first episode of The African Americans with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. airs October 22nd on PBS.