Connections between The Hate U Give and the Black Panthers.
by Autumn, Ana, Genesis, Rosa, and Oswald
What was the Black Panthers?
Black Panther party protesting at Cornell
The Black Panthers was a political party founded by Huey Newton and Bobby Seale in October of 1966. It was in operation from 1966 until 1982. Huey and Bobby researched California gun laws and formed armed groups to curve police brutality.
Ten Point Program
The Ten Point Program was a "law" system used by the party. It resembles the 10 Commandments.
How are The Hate U Give and The Black Panthers connected?
In The Hate U Give, Starr's father, Maverick, believes in the Ten-Point Program. Throughout the book, Starr references this program and the Black Panthers. She describes how her living room has a photo of Malcolm-X holding a pistol which is next to a photo of Black Jesus. She tells the reader, "Daddy believes in Black Jesus but follows the Ten-Point Program more than the Ten Commandments" (Thomas 31). This gives the reader a better understanding of how the Black Panthers and their Ten-Point Program influenced Maverick and his family.