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Body and SoulThe Black Panther Party and the Fight against Medical Discrimination$
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Alondra Nelson

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780816676484

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816676484.001.0001

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The People’s Free Medical Clinics

The People’s Free Medical Clinics

(p.75) 3. The People’s Free Medical Clinics
Body and Soul

Alondra Nelson

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter focuses on the administration of the Black Panther Party’s locally controlled, alternative health clinics, describing how the clinics were staffed, supplied, and operated. In April 1970, Black Panther leader Bobby Seale issued an organization-wide directive that all Panther branches establish local, free healthcare facilities called the People’s Free Medical Clinics (PFMC). The chapter concludes with a discussion of how the Black Panther branches converted Seale’s 1970s mandate into local institutions and how the PFMCs demonstrated the Black Panther’s social health perspective, including an outline of the struggles Panther members confronted in creating the clinics.

Keywords:   Black Panther Party, health clinics, Bobby Seale, People’s Free Medical Clinics, PFMC, social health perspective

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