In this photo Friday, Sept. 30, 2016 photo, Bobby Seale, who co-founded the Black Panther Party, stands outside the Eastside Arts Alliance and Cultural Center in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
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The Black Panthers emerged from this gritty Northern California city 50 years ago, declaring to a nation in turmoil a new party dedicated to defending African-Americans against police brutality and protecting the right of a downtrodden people to determine their own future.The anniversary comes as new tensions between black communities and law enforcement have given rise to another social-justice movement with Oakland ties – Black Lives Matter.Two days later, co-founder Bobby Seale will celebrate his 80th birthday with a roast sponsored by the National Alumni Association of the Black Panther Party.Oakland, once a heavily black city, is losing its African-American population as soaring home prices propelled by the technology boom drive out poorer residents.Today, a tart-tongued Seale bristles at all the talk of free breakfasts and firearms without what he calls critical context. He formed the party, he said, to elect minorities to political seats. Seale left the party in 1974 .Seale would like to see Black Lives Matter organize people to seek political office and create an environmental jobs program for youth.
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