Oakland: Black Panther Party for Self-Defense, 1968. First Edition. Bifolium (21.5cm); single sheet of 8.5" x 11" white stock, offset printed in black and folded vertically to create a 4pp pamphlet; BPP logo with Emery Branch P.O. Box printed at lower margin of p.4. Fine.
Early printed statement by the Black Panther Party, published seven months after their Ten Point Platform appeared in the second issue of The Black Panther. Presented at the Alameda County Peace & Freedom Party Meeting in Berkeley (Jan.31, 1968), Position is a scathing indictment of both the Democratic Party, the "black bourgeoisie," and others who would "move to exploit the struggle of the black masses for the advantage of the power structure" (p.3). Cleaver goes on to discuss the concept of black leadership, praising the strength and vision of Huey Newton, and offering the Peace & Freedom Party the opportunity to "combine concept with candidate in running Huey P. Newton for Congress" (p.4). OCLC notes 9 holdings (UC Davis, UC Riverside, UC Berkeley, Emory, Michigan State, Texas A&M, Yale, Temple, BL).