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Nine lives of a Black Panther : a story of survival /

by Pharr, Wayne; Stanford, Karin L.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Chicago : Lawrence Hill Books, [2014]Description: x, 308 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9781613749166; 1613749163.Subject(s): Pharr, Wayne, 1950- | Black Panther Party. Southern California Chapter -- Biography | Black Panther Party. Southern California Chapter -- History | African American political activists -- California -- Los Angeles -- Biography | African Americans -- Civil rights -- California -- Los Angeles -- History -- 20th century | Political violence -- California -- Los Angeles -- History -- 20th century | Police-community relations -- California -- Los Angeles -- History -- 20th century | Los Angeles (Calif.) -- Race relations -- History -- 20th century | African American youth -- California -- Los Angeles -- Social life and customs -- 20th century | Criminals -- California -- Los Angeles -- Biography | Los Angeles (Calif.) -- BiographySummary: "In the early morning hours of December 8, 1969, three hundred officers of the newly created elite paramilitary unit know as SWAT initiated a violent battle with a handful of Los Angeles-based members of the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense (BPP). Five hours and five thousand rounds of ammunition later, three SWAT team members and three Black Panthers lay wounded. For the Panthers and the community that supported them, the shootout symbolized a victory. A key contributor to that victory was the nineteen-year-old rank-and-file member of the BPP Wayne Pharr. Nine Lives of a Black Panther tells Wayne's riveting story of the Los Angeles branch of the BPP and gives a blow-by-blow account of how it prepared for and survived the massive military-style attack. He illuminates the history of one of the most dedicated, dynamic, vilified, and targeted chapters of the BPP, filling in a missing piece of Black Panther history and, in the process, creating an engaging and hard-to-put-down memoir about a time and place that holds tremendous fascination for readers interested in African American militancy"-- Provided by publisher.
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In the early morning hours of December 8, 1969, three hundred officers of the newly created elite paramilitary tactical unit known as SWAT initiated a violent battle with a handful of Los Angeles-based members of the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense (BPP). Five hours and five thousand rounds of ammunition later, three SWAT team members and three Black Panthers lay wounded. From a tactical standpoint, the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) considered the encounter a disaster. For the Panthers and the community that supported them, the shootout symbolized a victory. A key contributor to that victory was the nineteen-year-old rank-and-file member of the BPP Wayne Pharr. Nine Lives of a Black Panther tells Wayne's riveting story of the Los Angeles branch of the BPP and gives a blow-by-blow account of how it prepared for and survived the massive military-style attack. Because of his dedication to the black liberation struggle, Wayne was hunted, beaten, and almost killed by the LAPD in four separate events. Here he reveals how the branch survived attacks such as these, and also why BPP cofounder Huey P. Newton expelled the entire Southern California chapter and deemed it "too dangerous to remain a part of the national organization." The Los Angeles branch was the proving ground for some of the most beloved and colorful characters in Panther lore, including Bunchy Carter, Masai Hewitt, Geronimo "ji-Jaga" Pratt, and Elaine Brown. Nine Lives fills in a missing piece of Black Panther history, while making clear why black Los Angeles was home to two of the most devastating riots in the history of urban America. But it also eloquently relates one man's triumph over police terror, internal warfare, and personal demons. It will doubtless soon take its place among the classics of black militant literature.

Includes index.

"In the early morning hours of December 8, 1969, three hundred officers of the newly created elite paramilitary unit know as SWAT initiated a violent battle with a handful of Los Angeles-based members of the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense (BPP). Five hours and five thousand rounds of ammunition later, three SWAT team members and three Black Panthers lay wounded. For the Panthers and the community that supported them, the shootout symbolized a victory. A key contributor to that victory was the nineteen-year-old rank-and-file member of the BPP Wayne Pharr. Nine Lives of a Black Panther tells Wayne's riveting story of the Los Angeles branch of the BPP and gives a blow-by-blow account of how it prepared for and survived the massive military-style attack. He illuminates the history of one of the most dedicated, dynamic, vilified, and targeted chapters of the BPP, filling in a missing piece of Black Panther history and, in the process, creating an engaging and hard-to-put-down memoir about a time and place that holds tremendous fascination for readers interested in African American militancy"-- Provided by publisher.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Acknowledgments (p. ix)
  • 1 Showdown at Sunrise (p. 1)
  • 2 Back Home (p. 13)
  • 3 Fighting Integration (p. 29)
  • 4 Legitimate Grievances (p. 39)
  • 5 Black Is Beautiful (p. 47)
  • 6 A Necessary Step Toward Justice (p. 59)
  • 7 Committed to Watts (p. 73)
  • 8 Leading Panthers (p. 91)
  • 9 Divide and Conquer (p. 101)
  • 10 Alpha and Omega (p. 115)
  • 11 Serving the People (p. 121)
  • 12 New Blood (p. 135)
  • 13 Blood and Guts (p. 151)
  • 14 Gettin' Ready (p. 171)
  • 15 Busted (p. 185)
  • 16 Trying Times (p. 205)
  • 17 Gangsta Style (p. 221)
  • 18 Torn Asunder (p. 237)
  • 19 The Promise of Tomorrow (p. 249)
  • 20 The Limits of Freedom (p. 257)
  • 21 Family Business (p. 267)
  • Epilogue: Honor and Sacrifice (p. 281)
  • "Was It Worth It" (p. 301)
  • Index (p. 303)

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Library Journal Review

Pharr's memoir provides a new perspective on the political motivations within and around the Black Panther Party, a socialist organization that rose to prominence in the 1960s. The story begins on December 8, 1969, when the Los Angeles Police Department surrounded the headquarters of the local branch of the Black Panthers. The siege would endure only five hours, but the fallout would last for decades. The author details the characters and conflicts that led up to the standoff including the Watts riots and the street-level protests and attacks that happened in years prior. Pharr, who was the captain of the Los Angeles chapter of the Panthers, frames the history of the party with a blow-by-blow account of the events as he was arrested during the raid. This memoir covers a missing piece of the civil rights struggle and provides a firsthand account of the people and actions of a chapter of the Black Panther Party that has received very little attention. Verdict The title offers new details on civil rights history and is told in a way that humanizes a group often vilified for its dedication to the struggle. Recommended of all readers interested in contemporary history.-John Rodzvilla, Emerson Coll., Boston (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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