October 15, 1966- Founding of Black Panther Party
Bobby Seale and Huey P. Newton founded the Black Panther Party for self-defense. The organization focused on practicing militant self-defense against the U.S. government. Their goal was to establish revolutionary socialism by creating and establishing community based programs. They used violence as a way to send a message out, and this is the first time in U.S. history that a party used violent tactics against the government. They were also very involved in the community and did anything they could to gain their respect and support.