Important Role of former Nazis in Eastern Germany." 

November 21, 1950
Central Files Decimal Number 762B.00

Black Liberation Army and the Program of Armed Struggle, 1970-1983


Sourced from the Federal Bureau of Investigation Library, Black Liberation Army and the Program of Armed Struggle consists of a wide range of materials, including FBI surveillance and informant reports and correspondence from a variety of offices including, New York City, Baltimore, New Haven, San Francisco, Detroit, Miami, Atlanta, Newark, Kansas City, and Cleveland; intercepted correspondence; Justice Department memoranda, correspondence and analyses; newsclippings and articles; and more.  This collection is an ideal resource for those researching and teaching in African American and Civil Rights studies, conflict studies, government & politics and social history.

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Date Range: 1970-1983
Content: 8,452 pages
Source Library: Federal Bureau of Investigation Library

The Black Liberation Army (BLA) was an underground, black nationalist-Marxist militant organization that operated from 1970 to 1981. Composed largely of former Black Panthers (BPP), the organization's program was one of “armed struggle” and its stated goal was to “take up arms for the liberation and self-determination of black people in the United States.”

An icon of black armed struggle, the BLA was a linchpin in understanding the development of the “armed rebellion” phenomenon in the late 1960s through early 1980s. The BLA arose because of the political, social, and economic oppression of felt by African American people in urban areas and from existing conditions in African American communities: poverty, indecent housing, massive unemployment, poor medical care, and inferior education.  

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