Nine lives of a Black Panther : a story of survival / Wayne Pharr.
Publication year: 2014
Publisher: Chicago, Illinois : Chicago Review Press,
ISBN: 9781613749166 (hardback)
"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
x, 308 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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