Reginald Major provides a vivid eyewitness account of the conditions leading to the formation of the Black Panther Party. Major knew these conditions first hand—unemployment, poor housing, police brutality and a Black community held in bondage by white business leaders and politicians. He also knew the young Black men and women of the Panthers who, armed with guns, challenged those conditions. Writing from this vantage point, Major captured events as the Panther challenge set the example for Black resistance across the country. A Panther Is A Black Cat records the birth, growth and early years of the Panthers, and offers a valuable context for understanding the Black Power Movement as a national phenomenon.