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The Black United Front Newsletters digital collection documents the Black Power movement in Chattanooga, Tennessee  from 1969 to 1971. The newsletters include powerful language and imagery that preserves African American voices of the early Post-Civil Rights era. Created by Ralph Moore, a native Chattanoogan and member of Black Knights, Inc., the newsletters are a product of Moore's vision and his collaboration with other local activists, many of who had been involved in the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC).

The Black Man in the black community has to be re-educated into the science of politics so to will know what politics is supposed to bring him in return. Don't be throwing out any ballots. A ballot is like a bullet. You don't throw your ballots until you see a target, and if that target is not within your reach, keep your ballot in your pocket.

Black Fist, Vol. 1, No. 8

In the United States, black people are the first to be repressed. As the most exploited and abused people in our country, black people have the greatest stake in making this a free and just society; thus, they are singled out by those in power for the most consistent, extensive and severe repression. The life of any black man or woman is a study in repression.

Black United Front, Vol. 1, No. 19

Eventually, the Moore's Black Knights gave way to the Chattanooga Chapter of the Black Panther Party, who worked tirelessy to improve African American lives in the city by organizing free breakfast programs, sickle cell anemia testing, free daycare for working mothers, and boycotts of local business with antiblack policies and practices.

 
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