New Black Panthers march before Republican convention

A larger rally has been planned for Monday. In photo: Members of the New Black Panthers on April 2010. Photograph:( AFP )

Reuters Cleveland, United States Jul 17, 2016, 01.35 AM (IST)
Amid heightened racial tension in the United States following a series of police shootings of African-American men, the New Black Panthers were preparing on the sidelines of the Republican National Convention on Saturday to make their voices heard about the injustices of racism.

The New Black Panthers are a black power movement which has its roots in the original Black Panthers Party founded by the civil rights activist Huey P Newton, which advocated the arming of its members to counter the power of the police and law enforcement.

The chairman of the New Black Panthers, Hashim Nzinga, told Reuters in a telephone interview earlier this week that it members would openly carry firearms at its rallies planned to coincide with the Republican convention.

At a small kickoff rally on Saturday, none of the two dozen New Black Panther Party members seemed to be armed. A larger rally is planned for Monday.