two black women distribute food to a table of black schoolchildren

Power Hungry: Women of the Black Panther Party and Freedom Summer and Their Fight to Feed a Movement

by Suzanne Cope Author

The Black Panthers are often credited with forcing the hand of the government when it came to providing free school meals, because they themselves were so effective at using food as a means of bringing people together and building power. The FBI sought numerous times through the infamous COINTELPRO program to discredit and prevent the organizing of women like Cleo Silvers and Aylene Quin, including turning a blind eye to the firebombing of Quin's house while her children were inside, destroying thousands of pounds of food intended for poor children, and declaring a community breakfast program a major threat to public safety. This thoroughly researched and powerfully written history tells the story of how two women used food to push the civil rights movement forward and build power in their communities, and the absurd and brutal lengths the government went to to try and stop them.

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