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  • In the late 1960s, police violence was a prevalent issue in black communities -- much like it is today.

    The Panthers presented a disciplined, confrontational image to show that they could stand up to law enforcement.

  • Photographer Stephen Shames captured these images-- including this cover of Newsweek .

  • Visit PBS Black Culture Connection to read more stories about civil rights photographers and the images that changed the world.

    Photographs and words by Stephen Shames

    Produced by Kristin Moe

    Share your own story of standing up for something you believe in.

    (A partnership with the Center for Digital Storytelling).

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