“The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution,” a documentary by Stanley Nelson which aired on PBS Tuesday, shined a necessary light on the contributions, convictions and struggles of members in the party. Nelson’s informative film took a deep dive into discussing the truth behind the Black Panthers and underscored the heavy institutional backlash the liberation movement received from police and the government.
From the group’s radical inception in 1966 to it’s dissolve in 1982, here are a few important things you must know to better understand the Black Panthers.
Check out more powerful photos of the Black Panther Party in the slideshow below.
CORRECTION: A previous version of this story misstated the date of Fred Hampton’s death. It was Dec. 4, 1969, not Dec. 5.