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The Black Panthers were a Black power party formed in Oakland in 1966 and came to San Diego in 1968. They based their political philosophy and perspective on leftist and Marxist-oriented thinkers. Nationally, while the Panthers were known for brandishing firearms and confronting police in urban neighborhoods, the Party also had an ambitious social program. They started schools, supplied groceries to seniors, and operated a free breakfast program for children.