Jon Mays

The Intercommunal Survival School launched as a Black Panther Party affiliate 50 years ago this summer as a way to provide free programs and assistance to children in the North Central San Mateo community.

Black Panther Party Community Survival Programs, in operation from 1967 to around 1982, intended to provide immediate needs for local communities. Food, education and other needs like clothing, dental, transportation, employment, furniture, counseling, health care and classes, were all offered for free.

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Fine example of school choice.

Ray Fowler


Thanks for a great column. A lot of people don't know the Black Panther Party rolled up their sleeves decades ago to provide programs and services that enriched local communities. It's great to see the seeds planted in San Mateo are still bearing fruit.


I learned another bit of fascinating story about our city; specifically, about the north central this time. Thank you, Jon. /Stephen Chen

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