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In a 2003 interview, former Milwaukee Black Panther leader, and current Commander of the Black Panther Militia, Michael McGee, was asked what he considered the main objective of the Black Panther Party. McGee responded by stating that the central mission of the Party was in providing community programs and services to the African American community. McGee added, “It (the Black Panther Party) was about picking up the hammer. We used to pick up the hammer more than we did the gun.”1