In this nuanced and groundbreaking history, Murch explores how black southern migrants formed the Black Panther Party (BPP) during an era of expansion and political struggle in California's system of public higher education. The BPP started with a study group, she argues. In the face of social crisis and police violence, the most disfranchised sectors of the East Bay's African American community--young, poor, and migrant--challenged the legitimacy of state authorities and of an older generation of black leadership.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 237-303) and index.
Introduction -- City of migrants, 1940-1960 -- Canaan bound -- Fortress California -- The campus and the street, 1961-1966 -- We care enough to tell it -- A campus where Black power won -- Black power and urban movement, 1966-1982 -- Men with guns -- Survival pending revolution -- A chicken in every bag.