Members of the Radical Brownies, a new girls group out of Oakland, Calif., loosely based on the community-oriented principles of the Black Panthers

What happens when you mix the legacy of black protest in Oakland, Calif., racial injustice and 8- to 11-year-old girls?

You get a revolutionary group called the Radical Brownies, "who don brown berets and participate in Black Lives Matter protests in order to help spread a message of racial justice," KPIX reports.

According to the news station, Radical Brownies was started earlier this year by Marilyn Hollinquest and her friend Anayvette Martinez after Martinez's daughter, Coatlupe, told her she wanted to join a girls group. 

"How amazing would it be to have a girls' troop that was really focused around social justice and where girls could even earn badges?" Anayvette Martinez explained.


After marching in a Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade in Oakland last month, members of the Radical Brownies earned their first badge, a Black Lives Matter badge complete with a black power fist.

 One of the girls told the news station that that their berets are "a Black Panther/Brown Beret twist."


"I think it's very appropriate," Hollinquest told the news station. "A lot of the work the Black Panthers did was community-oriented."

"They are big issues," Martinez added. "But we also feel like these are conversations that they’re not too young to be having."


The news station adds that the Radical Brownies' Facebook page has received some 10,000 likes and inquiries from places as far as France and Bermuda about starting their own chapters.

The Radical Brownies seeks to "empower young girls of color so that they step into their collective power, brilliance and leadership in order to make the world a more radical place," according to the group's Facebook page.


Read more at KPIX.