Nine Lives of a Black Panther

Nine Lives of a Black Panther

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In the early morning hours of December 8, 1969, 300 SWAT team officers initiated a violent battle with a handful of Los Angeles-based members of the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense (BPP) that lasted for five hours and went through 5, 000 rounds of ammunition. From a tactical standpoint, the Los Angeles Police Department considered the encounter a disaster, but it was a victory for the Panthers and the community that supported them. A key reason for that victory was the actions of a 19-year-old a€œcaptaina€ in the Party: Wayne Pharr. Nine Lives of a Black Panther gives a blow-by-blow account of how the BPP prepared for and survived the massive military-style attack. But it also tells Waynea€™s riveting life story. Because of his dedication to the black liberation struggle, Wayne was hunted, beaten, and almost killed by the police in four separate events. 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 a€œJi-Jagaa€ Pratt, and Elaine Brown. Nine Lives of a Black Panther relates Waynea€™s triumph over police terror, internal warfare, and personal demons, and illuminates the entire history of one of the most dedicated, dynamic, vilified, and targeted chapters of the BPP. Wayne Pharr was a captain of the Los Angeles branch of the Black Panther Party for Self Defense and has traveled throughout the country as a BPP spokesman. He now works as a realtor in Los make the gun barrel and Mattel cap guns because they had an actual trigger, unlike toy guns, which werena#39;t meant to fire. I would put a ... I could just flash it and guys would leave me alone because I had a zip gun and they didna#39;t. I started anbsp;...

Title:Nine Lives of a Black Panther
Author:Wayne Pharr
Publisher:Chicago Review Press - 2014-07-01


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