Fallen Champions of the BPP

“I believe in the Black Panther Party; we failed because we took God out. I beg you not to do the same thing. If you take God out, you’re not going anywhere except to jail. You’re going to be killed, or you’re going to stay angry.”          

Assata Shakur:
From “Look for Me in the Whirlwind: From the Panther 21 to 21st-Century Revolutions”


The following is the name of two of our ‘fallen champions’ who lost their lives in the service of our People/Nation during this month.

May we honor them, in ‘the cause of Truth and Justice’, by paying the highest tribute we can give by bringing the struggle for which they sacrificed their lives to a satisfactory conclusion. 

And may we do so as an act or adoration, devotion, obedience, reverence, service, submission, surrender to, and worship of, our Creator… and as an exercise of Love for; and service to, the People.

Welton Armstead. Member of the Seattle, Washington, Branch of the Black Panther Party. Known as Butch. Welton was seventeen years old when he was killed. assassinated October 15, 1968.

Walter “Toure” Pope. As soon as he was released by the California Youth Authority from Tracy, California, Walter joined the Black Panther Party. Toure, twenty years old, was singled out for constant harassment by the Los Angeles Police Department because of his effectiveness as distribution manager of the Black Panther Black Community News Service in Southern California. In three months he increased the circulation from fifteen hundred a week to over seven thousand a week. Walter was brutally gunned down in broad daylight as he left a store where he had just dropped off some newspapers. According to eyewitness reports, the police suddenly came upon him and opened fire. Toure never had a chance. assassinated October 18, 1969.


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