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Felix Lindsey Pete O'Neal rose up to lead the Kansas City Chapter of the Black Panther Party from 1969 until his arrest by federal authorities in 1970. Following a controversial gun trial in 1970, O'Neal and his wife Charlotte fled the country. The couple would surface in Tanzania, a country in East Africa without an extradition treaty with the United States.

This is where the story might end. But this is where the second act of their amazing lives began. In 1991, O'Neal founded the United African Alliance Community Center, a nonprofit center that operates as a day school, where Tanzanians can learn everything from English to computer skills. Classes are taught on a year-round basis by American and Tanzanian volunteers.