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Black Panther Party’s legacy to help sick, poor lives on at Seattle health clinic

Michael Johnson, right, has blood drawn by medical technologist Cyndi Moe, left, at the Carolyn Downs Medical Center, Wednesday, April 11, 2018, in Seattle. The clinic was started by the Black Panthers and named for member Carolyn Downs.

As people celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Black Panther Party’s Seattle chapter, one of their missions still thrives: The Carolyn Downs Family Medical Center, which sees hundreds of patients each month. “I like that they’re personal and honest,” one patient says.  VIEW

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