50 years later, Black Lives Matter takes up Panthers’ fight

It wasn’t the first time that a group of revolutionaries had used raw theatrics for dramatic effect. But the provocative demonstration of May 2, 1967 — when members of the newly formed Black Panther Party marched into the California state Capitol armed with loaded rifles and wearing berets — became a lasting image of black activism.

Five decades later, a new movement would spring up, its founders outraged that the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, an African American teen in Florida, would go unpunished. This time, smartphones were the weapon of choice, as three African American women — Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors

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