A young man from Lansing, Michigan is looking to shape the nation and inspire others to do the same as he honors the Black Panther Party. James Henson has announced that he is launching the revolutionary Young Black Panther Party. Thus far, Henson has expanded the organization from Michigan into Ohio and Washington, D.C. The group identifies itself as "anti-fascist, anti-racist and anti-capitalist."
“We fight for what is right we believe that our freedom means more then anything. We fight for the future of our kids we fight for elders because they are the library of our history we are here to help out the black community to," the organization's website reads.
"Help out the homeless help out the kids in school we are here to clean the community clean up the streets find ways to support our people so if you want to know morn about us it is very simple. We are The Young Black Panther Party we not only here to support also here to do things and fix things.”
The organization also fights for Black gun rights and advocates for socialism. In the spirit of civil rights organizations that have come before them, the Young Black Panther Party also leads community projects like food giveaways and free health clinics.
“I always wanted to start something like this, but I never really had the time,” Henson told the Lansing State Journal.
“Since there was COVID with everything on pause, I found this opportunity to bring Black people hope in Lansing.”
At the moment, Henson and the Young Black Panther Party are working on a project to establish community gardens in their area. They have started by donating seeds to Black families in the area. Ultimately, Henson hopes this project will lead to more families growing their own food.
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