More than Meets the Eye: The Black Panther Party

As Black History Month comes to a close, we wanted to leave you with one of the most powerful movements, The Black Panther Party.

The Black Panther Party was originally established by Huey P. Newton and and Bobby Seale to challenge police brutality in the Black community. What often gets lost in the story of the Black Panther movement is their program to provide free breakfast for inner city school children to address issues like food injustice.

The Free Breakfast for Children program was initiated in 1969 at St. Augustine’s Church in Oakland, CA. The program became so popular that by the end of the year, the Panthers were serving full breakfasts to 20,000 school aged children in 19 cities around the country.

The most compelling aspect of the program is the fact that the majority of the funding for the program came from donations within the communities being served. That’s some serious people power!

Corbin Hill follows in the same footsteps as The Black Panther Party in recognizing the importance of fighting for food justice and accessing a community's potential. Fighting for food justice restores a community’s dignity by providing choice and a voice in the decision-making process around what a community eats. And pulling together a community’s resources opens up an avenue for community buy-in and ownership. Our programs at Corbin Hill focus on giving our communities as much choice as possible in the food they bring home. We also pour a great deal of our energy and focus on creating opportunities for ownership in our communities, such as transferring the ownership of Corbin Hill Road Farm over to the community. If you are curious about this work, read last week’s article to learn more.

Black History Month ends this week, but the heart and soul behind the movement continues to weave itself into our work daily. The fight for food justice continues.

Corbin Hill Food Project