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Justice, By Any Means Necessary
Women and their role in the BPP


Revolution, Reaction....
The Rules Of the Panthers
Link ToThe BPP Time Line of events
Women and their role in the BPP
Malcolm X and The BPP
Process Paper
Eldridge Cleaver interview
The Legacy Of The Panthers
BPP Picture Gallery

Learn about the courageous women who joined the BPP in the black civil rights movement, and what important roles they played In the fight for justice and equality.

Kathleen Cleaver

The BPP's communications secretary and a loud voice that arose durring the Civil rights movement.

The Legend Of Elain Brown

Elaine Brown, a woman who later in time became known to be as a legend in the BPP. In 1974, she became known as the one and only woman known, to lead the Black Panther Party when the Panthers leader, Huey P. Newton went into exhile. A woman, who was leading one of the country's most militiant, and highly important Civil Rights groups.


Click on the picture of above to read a short bibliography on Elaine Brown.

Men weren't the only ones who took part in the movement. Black women, also took part it by joining the BPP. Elaine Brown and Kathleen Cleaver were not the only women to join the Party, but they were part of the original committee. The movement gave women a chance to express their feelings in the Black Liberation movement, and the BPP let them do so politically, and physically. There were many other women who joined the party, than just the ones listed above. They were known as the BPP Sisters. Those other Vanguard women I know of are, Lynn French, Leslie Johnson-Seale, Ericka Huggins: The Comrade to the BPP, Afini Shakura, Jo Ann Chesmar, Carol Rucker, Lauren Williams, Brenda Presley , Shelly Bursey, Joan Kelly, and Jonina Abrahms. God Bless them all!

"What attracted me was the fact that they were so clear. They had very clearly delineated goals. It was a revolutionary movement. We weren't trying to get the right to vote. We weren't trying to get citizenship. We saw ourselves essentially as putting an end to domestic colonialism." - Kathleen Cleaver


Click on the picture above of Kathleen Cleaver to read her interview about the Black Panther Party and her role in the BML.

Ericka Huggins

Comrade Ericka Huggins, of the BPP.