Interview with Bobby Rush
QUESTION 1
TERRY ROCKEFELLER:

What did it mean for you personally? Where were you coming from when you worked to found the Black Panther party here?

BOBBY RUSH:

Well, basically, it, um, the Panther Party's founding in Chicago was, uh, a result of some political chicanery on the part of Stokely Carmichael, uh, who, uh, at the time, uh, was beginning to become a part of the Central Committee of the Panther party. And I was a member of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee, the Chicago chapter, along with, uh, Bob Brown, and, uh, we were very close to Stokely at the time. And Stokely wanted to get a base of, of power on the central committee. And, uh, he asked us to come out and to form a chapter of the Panthers here in Chicago. Actually to evolve the SNCC chapter into the party apparatus here in Chicago. And I was, uh, asked to go out to Oakland and to get the authority, uh, to actually form a chapter here. I did go out, I think it was about October of '68, about 20 years ago, boy. And, uh, I met with Bobby Seale, I met with, uh, David Hilliard, Eldridge Cleaver, and I was, uh, and a guy by the name of D.C. And, uh, I asked, told them that we wanted to form a chapter of the Panther party in Chicago.