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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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Race and Health in the Post–Civil Rights Era

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(p.181) Conclusion
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Body and Soul
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Alondra Nelson

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University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816676484.003.0007

This chapter summarizes the scope of the Black Panther Party’s activism, considering its influence on how health inequality is historicized and theorized. It talks about the Black Panther’s health politics that emphasized the demands for healthcare access and liberation from “medical apartheid”, and describes how the Black Panther and their allies struggled to remedy the lack of access to medical services for members of marginalized groups by supplying basic preventive care at the People’s Free Medical Clinics (PFMC). The chapter concludes with a discussion of Black Panther’s health politics that suggests why today some African Americans still hold a complex and critical perspective that recognizes the particular vulnerability of blacks as patients and research subjects.

Keywords:   Black Panther Party, health politics, healthcare access, medical apartheid, People’s Free Medical Clinics, PFMC, African Americans

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