A year or so ago, after we had put out some information about the People's Institute and Portland Free Dispensary, we were asked the question: "What ever happened to the Black Panther clinics?" To which we replied: "What Black Panther clinics?" (Forgive us.)
A good bit of the answer to that question has now, happily, been provided by the Winter 2009 (88:1) issue of Reed magazine. Included is an article by Martha Gies (author of Up All Night) titled "Radical Treatment", which outlines the history of the Black Panther medical and dental clinics in Portland, and, as you would expect, the role Reedies played in their establishment.
And you don't even need to read through my keen analysis of the article, since it's freely available online. What a bonus! And it's only Tuesday.