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Body and Soul: The Black Panther Party and the Fight against Medical Discrimination

Alondra Nelson


Between its founding in 1966 and its formal end in 1980, the Black Panther Party blazed a distinctive trail in American political culture. The Black Panthers are most often remembered for their revolutionary rhetoric and militant action. This book recovers an indispensable but lesser-known aspect of the organization’s broader struggle for social justice: health care. The Black Panther Party’s health activism—its network of free health clinics, its campaign to raise awareness about genetic disease, and its challenges to medical discrimination—was an expression of its founding political philosop ... More

Keywords: Blank Panther Party, American political culture, health activism, free health clinics, genetic disease, health care, sickle-cell anemia

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780816676484
Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816676484.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alondra Nelson, author
Associate Professor, Sociology, Columbia University