City to Recognize Black Panthers

Lisa O’Donnell, Winston-Salem Journal, October 14, 2012

Born out of the tumult of the 1960s, the Black Panther Party is usually portrayed as a militant organization with radical political views.

But there’s another side to the story of the Black Panthers, one that involved feeding breakfast to poor children, operating an ambulance service for people in neglected areas, screening people for sickle-cell anemia and infusing a spirit of black pride within their communities.

That version of the Black Panther story will be recognized today when city officials unveil a historic marker for the Winston-Salem chapter of the Black Panther Party at the northeast corner of Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and Fifth Street, near the group’s former headquarters.

The Winston-Salem chapter, organized in 1969, was the first to be formed in the Southeast.

Nelson Malloy, an early member of the party who later became member of the Winston-Salem City Council, said he never imaged the Panthers would be recognized in such an official capacity.

“But we are, in fact, part of the city’s history,” he said.

Mark Maxwell is the chairman of the city’s 12-member Historic Resources Commission that selects historic markers.

Most members of the commission were familiar with the violent past of the national Panther Party, Maxwell said.

But once they learned of the local Panthers’ positive impact on the community, their views shifted, she said.

“We felt we had an organization that had a story,” Maxwell said.

City Council Member Derwin Montgomery suggested the marker, and a city intern helped organize the application, said Leslie Pegram, the historic resource officer for the Historic Resource Commission.

The commission usually has funding to mark two historic sites each year, she said. The Katie B. Reynolds Memorial Hospital, a segregated hospital that served the black community, received a marker earlier this year.



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  •  This will be followed by an O.J. Simpson monument in Brentwood.

  • Oh, good…. I began to worry what’s with our General Taco

  • Francis Galton

    Just a random tidbit: it’s almost certain that these “neglected areas” that allegedly lack ambulance service are in that sorry state solely because feral blacks are known to shoot at emergency workers/paramedics.  I’m pretty sure (correct me if I’m wrong), barring extreme circumstances, that emergency workers are required to go wherever they are summoned, no exceptions.  Of course, inner city ghettos are typically extreme, which brings us full circle.

  • Puggg

    This is at the end of this article:

    If you go

    A historic marker recognizing the local Black Panther Party will be
    unveiled at 3 p.m. at the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Drive
    and East Fifth Street. City officials will speak, as well as former
    Black Party Panther members.

    “If I go?”

    If you go, you better pack heat.  This thing is along Martin Luther King Drive, which means it’s pure crime ridden ghetto.

    • Strider73

      Packing heat is a felony in Chicago. And, for that matter, anywhere else in Illinois. It’s now the only state without any CCW law.

  • bluffcreek1967

    Black Panthers feeding poor children, operating an ambulance service, screening people for sickle-cell anemia and infusing a spirit of Black pride within their communities (which really amounts to hating Whitey and sharing their racial grievances against others) is nothing more than a facade. It’s an image they employ to make themselves appear good and noble before the simple-minded (namely, DWLs and your average Black person). It’s similar to the Hells Angels outlaw motorcycle gang that collects gifts for children during the Christmas season. The Black Panthers are nothing more than a criminal organization wed to a violent, anti-White idealogy. 

    • 1911ThePunisher45

      I personally know several Hells Angels, I’ve even met Sonny Barger, the clubs “Founder”. I’ll tell you right now they’re not half as bad as people make them out to be. Just never, never, I mean NEVER disrespect one.

      • bluffcreek1967

        No, they ARE as bad as people make them out to be. They might put up a nice public front now and then, but they are notoriously evil. They have contributed greatly to the drug epidemic our nation has faced for decades now. They are NOT good people. I know them too, but probably for different reasons. Moreover, most HAs are White, but they are NOT good representatives of the White race. I am ashamed of them just as decent, law-abiding Blacks should be ashamed of thuggish, ghetto Blacks.

        • Michael C. Scott

          My best friend in Federal Prison was Bandito, and not HA.  My file says I taught him to read, but it isn’t so.  I brought him from a Tim & Mitten reading level to Aviation Week & Space Technology.  Two men in a non-sexual relationship can look after one another.  I miss him.

          On the other hand, one of the Sons of Silence threatened me at the halfway house, and started crying when he relized who I was.  Another SoS member had told him I once poured molten lead down someone’s ears.  I’m glad I had only four weeks there, because the staff routinely redlined my tolerance for nonsense in a way that the other clients could not.

          Don’t be intimidated by these folks.  Of course I never poured molten lead into anyone’s ears.  They make up things like that.  Some of them rely on being able to scare normal people.  Of course I also never took a Serb trench using sandbags full of Hungarian (?) stick-grenades slung over my hips and three sawed-off shotguns.

          I have a little girl who has never been spanked, and she should never imagine her father would do anything like that.


  • nathan wartooth

    So the two things they decide to honor are the Black Panthers and a segregated hospital that only helps blacks? 

    What is the chance that this council is 100% black? Pretty good I would say. 

  • IstvanIN

    Can we have a Klan monument?  Thought not.

  • MerlinV

    So where is the “other side” of the Klan story? The Black Panthers/Bantus were and have always been a militant racial group with anti-White hatred as its main focus.


    The Black Panthers wet themselves at the mere thought of the “Hells Angels”.    I  remember when the Black Panthers  went to Joe Horns neighborhood to cause trouble but  were confronted by local bikers and neighbors and ran away with their (pussycat) tails between their legs.  These were just local bikers, not seasoned patch holders.   If  H.A. was there the Black Panthers  would have left in body bags.     You can bet that any perceived good that the Black Panthers do is nothing but a supreme SCAM!                         

  • bluffcreek1967

    Wrong. I know quite a bit about them, although I won’t divulge how. Both the HAs and the Black Panthers are criminal organizations. That’s not even in dispute if we’re being intellectually honest. There’s nothing so secret or hidden about them that informed people can’t know the truth. Unfortunately, many people are foolish to think that because some HAs or Black Panthers do “nice” things at times or can be kind to others now and then that therefore they’re not really that bad. The HAs are NOT good for America and they never have been.

  • bluffcreek1967

    Exactly! The “disrespect” comparison between the HAs and Blacks is quite legitimate. Both groups are anti-social in nature, and overreact over any perceived wrong or “disrespect” given them. They are also both the misfits of society. But there’s at least one major difference: Feral Blacks, in many ways, are representative of the violent, uncivilized and tribal nature of Blacks. This has been the history of the Black man whether we like it or not. In contrast, the HAs are NOT representative of the civilized nature of the White man. Their conduct and mentality makes intelligent Whites cringe in shame. Whites instinctively know the HAs are NOT the better side of what Whites have built and created. These people do NOT represent the more advanced intelligence of Whites for it is only fools who seek recognition and respect from dull-minded misfits on two wheels.

  • Pearl

    Note to self- do not put Winston Salem on the list of prospective places for relocation. 

    • The strange part is that it elected someone who was only one wee slight baby step away from being One of  Us, Jack Cavanaugh, as mayor in 1997, did Winston-Salem.  I don’t know whatever became of him.