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Editorial: USNPS withdrawal of funding for Black Panther study infringes academic freedom

There’s nothing surprising about the federal government’s attempts to stifle the legacy of the Black Panther Party. However, the fact that those attempts have a direct effect on the staff and students of UC Berkeley, is troubling to say the least.

In late spring of 2017, the National Park Service of the East Bay approached Dr. Ula Taylor, chair of the African American Studies Department at UC Berkeley, about conducting research on the Black Panther Party and surrounding movements for civil rights. All seemed to be well and good.


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