Interview with Stokley Carmichael
QUESTION 60
JUDY RICHARDSON:

How did SNCC start the Black Panther Party?

STOKELY CARMICHAEL:

The Black Panther Party was created by the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in Lowndes County, Alabama. Here they came to organize an independent political party against, ah, the Democratic Party which needed a symbol. The symbol chosen was a Black panther. Throughout the year work was done around this organization in order to make it a legitimate political party. It could only become a legitimate political party after receiving a certain percentage of votes. This was.