A Black Panther Party legacy project at the University of California Berkeley will no longer proceed after the National Park Service bowed to pressure applied by conservative organizations and pulled federal funding, according to a report.
"After an additional review of the project, the [National Park Service] decided not to move forward with funding the project," spokesman Craig Dalby told SFGate, referring the "Black Panther Party Research, Interpretation & Memory Project."
The National Park Service announced in September it would award $98,000 to Ula Taylor, UC Berkeley's incoming African-American studies chairwoman, for the project "committed to truthfully honoring the legacy of BPP activists and the San Francisco Bay Area communities they served," per the Washington Free Beacon.
But Dalby said the "cooperative agreement" between the entities was never finalized after they faced intense scrutiny from groups like The Fraternal Order of Police, which described its “outrage and shock" at the funding decision in an Oct. 19 letter to President Trump.
UC Berkeley spokesman Dan Mogulof defended the school's policy of allowing faculty academic freedom to pursue different research interests.
“The researchers put forth a project that was selected by the National Park Service,” Mogulof told the East Bay Times. “In terms of why they were selected, the Park Service has the answer, not the campus. And in terms of why they rescinded it, they have the answer, not the campus.”