National Park Service to Fund Research Project on Black Panther Party

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The National Park Service will award just under $98,000 for a two-year project at the University of California–Berkeley to research the legacy of the Black Panther Party, with a focus on the San Francisco Bay Area where the movement emerged, the Root reports.

The government will provide staff, technical support, and research input for the project, according to a grant announcement obtained by the Washington Free Beacon. Berkeley faculty and students will lead efforts to "discover new links between the historical events concerning race that occurred in Richmond during World War II and the subsequent emergence of the BPP in the San Francisco Bay Area two decades later through research, oral history and interpretation," the announcement states.

In a further effort to "underscore the vastness of [the party's] impact on American culture," the project also aims to track the effect it had on "visual arts, music, dance, and styles of the 1960s, '70s and '80s."

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