In the spring of 1967 the California Legislature was preparing to pass a gun control law directed against the Black Panthers; and on May 2, when the bill was debated, a caravan of armed Panthers drove from Oakland to Sacramento, read a manifesto on the steps of the capitol denouncing the "racist legislature," and then walked onto the floor of the assembly carrying guns. They were quickly expelled from the chamber, and [Panther leader Bobby] Seale and others were later arrested. The sensational publicity given to the affair aroused much public alarm, and great condemnation of the Panthers, but it also gave the [Black Panther] party wide advertising among militant young blacks and led to the organization of branches in several other parts of the country.See also: PBS, State Capitol March, A Huey P. Newton Story (2002).
This is a YouTube video showing what appears to be a contemporary news report narrated by Mike Wallace, The Black Panther Party invade the State Assembly Chamber in Sacramento May 1967:
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