|Title||Body and Soul: The Black Panther Party and the Fight Against Medical Discrimination|
|Year of Publication||2011|
|Number of Pages||289|
|Publisher||University of Minnesota Press|
|ISBN or ASIN Number||0816676488|
|Keywords||Black, Black Panther Party, health care, Race|
|Copies at the Archive||9|
Between its founding in 1966 and its formal end in 1980, the Black Panther Party blazed a distinctive trail in American political culture. The Black Panthers are most often remembered for their revolutionary rhetoric and militant action. Here Alondra Nelson deftly recovers an indispensable but lesser-known aspect of the organization's broader struggle for social justice: health care. The Black Panther Party's health activism--its network of free health clinics, its campaign to raise awareness about genetic disease, and its challenges to medical discrimination--was an expression of its founding political philosophy and also a recognition that poor blacks were both underserved by mainstream medicine and overexposed to its harms.