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Reggie Forte Hashtag Black Panthers At 50

Born Reginald Westly Forte, sunrise 3/31/49, Birmingham, Alabama, suset, 2/18/97, San Jose, California. His maternal step-grandmother survived the 16th Street Baptist Church Bombing. He and his older brother, Sherwin Forte, also a founding member of the B.P.P., met Bobby Seale and Huey Newton in high school. He attended Oakland Tech High School. In 1967 he […]

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Afeni Shakur #BlackPanthersAt50

Born Alice Faye Williams sunrise 1/10/47, Lumberton, North Carolina, sunset 5/2/16, Sausalito, California. Tupac Shakur was her son. 2/6/07 she delivered the keynote address at Vanderbilt University’s Black History Month Comemoration. She founded the Tupac Amaru Shakur Foudation with revenue from Tupac’s posthumously released albums. She founded Amaru Entertainment, the holding company for all Tupac’s […]

Emory Douglas #BlackPanthersAt50

He was born 5/24/43 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He was the Minister of Culture for the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense (BPP). His graphic art was featured in the newspaper, The Black Panther. He was also the art director, designer, and main illustrator. He grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. As a youth […]

Fred Hampton #BlackPanthersAt50

Sunrise 8/30/48 Summit, Illinois, sunset 12/4/69 Chicago, Illinois. He was initially involved with the NAACP. He joined the Illinois Chapter of the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense (BPP). He negotiated a nonaggression pact between Chicago’s most powerful street gangs. He developed a class consciousness multi-racial alliance between the BPP, Young Patriots Organization, and the Young […]

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 […]

Bobby Seale #BlackPanthersAt50

Born Robert George Seale 10/22/36 in Liberty,Texas. Co-founded the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense (BPP) with Huey Newton while they were both enrolled at Merritt Community College in Oakland, California Dropped out of Berkeley High School to join the United States Air Force and was dishonorably discharged three years later for fighting. Adopted Malcolm X’s […]

Eldridge Cleaver #BlackPanthersAt50

He was born Leroy Eldridge Cleaver in Wabbaseka, Arkansas, sunrise 8/31/35, sunset 5/1/98, Pomona, California. His book Soul on Ice was published in 1968 and was a collection of his essays. He was the Minister of Information and Head of International Section of the Panthers. He was the editor of the Panther newspaper. He was […]

David Hilliard #BlackPanthersAt50

He was born 5/15/42 in Rockville, Alabama. He was chief of staff of the Black Panther Party. He formed the Huey P. Newton Foundation with Newton’s second wife. He served time in Vacaville Prison. He was visiting professor at the University of New Mexico. He was interim chair of the BPP after Huey Newton was […]

Bobby Hutton aka Lil’ Bobby #BlackPanthersAt50

Robert James Hutton, sunrise 4/21/50 in Jefferson County Arkansas, sunset 4/6/68 in West Oakland, California. He was the first recruit and treasurer of the Black Panther Party for Self-defense (BPP). At age 3, he and his family moved to Oakland after being threatened by nightriders in Arkansas. He met Huey Newton and Bobby Seale at […]

Kathleen Cleaver #BlackPanthersAt50

Born Kathleen Neal 5/13/45 in Memphis, Texas. Her father was in the foreign service, growing up she lived in India, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and the Philippines. She attended a Quaker boarding school. She left college at Barnard to be a secretary at SNCC (Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee). She married Eldridge Cleaver, joined the BPP and […]

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