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1969 - When the black justice movement got too powerful, the FBI got scared and got ugly

On a sunny January day in 1969, a gun battle broke out during a meeting of the Black Student Union in Campbell Hall on the campus of UCLA. There was disagreement among student union members — some affiliated with the Black Panthers and others with US Organization, a rival group — about the leadership of the nascent Afro American Studies Department. Two Black Panthers members, 23-year-old John Huggins and 26-year-old Alprentice “Bunchy” Carter, were allegedly making snide remarks about the head of US, Ron Karenga, when both were shot dead.

What none of them knew at the time was the FBI had all but orchestrated the event, which kicked off a year of retaliatory shootings that would claim the lives of two more Panthers.

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