The Black Liberation Army (BLA) was an underground, black nationalist militant organization that operated from 1970 to 1981. Composed largely of former Black Panthers, the organization's program was one of armed struggle for the "liberation and self-determination of black people in the United States." The Black Liberation Army developed as a splinter group of the Black Panther Party. Founded by followers of Eldridge Cleaver, as a response to what the more violent factions of the Black Panthers perceived as "selling out" the "armed struggle" under the leadership of Huey Newton.The BLA carried out a series of bombings, murders, robberies, and prison breaks.VideoVideo: 1998 Audio recording "As a result of being targeted by [the FBI program] COINTELPRO, I was faced with the threat of prison, underground, exile or death," Shakur said "I am not the first, nor the last, person to be victimized by the New…
Black Liberation Army (BLA) - United States
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