Huey Newton #BlackPanthersAt50

Sunrise February 17, 1942, born Huey Percy Newton in Monroe, Louisiana (named after the former governor of Louisiana, Huey Long), sunset August 22, 1989 in Oakland, California.P.

He co-founded the BPP in 1966 along with his former classmate at Merritt College in Oakland, Bobby Seale.

He went to law school, loved to read (he was illiterate when he graduated from Oakland Technical High School in 1959 but later taught himself to read), and earned a doctorate in social philosophy at the University of Santa Cruz.

Of his early education in Oakland, California he said in Revolutionary Suicide:

During those long years in Oakland public schools, I did not have one teacher who taught me anything relevant to my own life or experience. Not one instructor ever awoke in me a desire to learn more or to question or to explore the worlds of literature, science, and history. All they did was try to rob me of the sense of my own uniqueness and worth, and in the process nearly killed my urge to inquire.

He was addicted to drugs and alcohol.

He was a revolutionary.

His childhood nickname was “baby” and he loathed it.

He served time in prison.

It is alleged when he was shot he said “. . .you can kill me but you cannot kill my soul”.

He was as the kids say, FAF, and the fact I most remember about Huey was that he pistol whipped his tailor.