Free Huey Panther

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Chunky black text above and below an illustration of a black panther on a bright orange background. 

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Huey P. Newton (1942-1989) co-founded the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense with Bobby Seale. In response to instances of racism and police brutality, they began the movement from Oakland in 1966. Newton coauthored the party’s manifesto, which detailed the demand for land, food, clothing, housing, and justice. Newton stated that the black panther iconography came from the panther being a “fierce animal” that “will not attack until he is backed into a corner.” 

In 1967, Newton was arrested and charged with voluntary manslaughter of a police officer. Newton and the party received widespread media attention as “Free Huey” rallies attracted thousands of supporters until his release in 1970 after his conviction was overturned the previous year. The campaign supporting Newton transformed the Black Panther Party and its contributions to civil rights activism. 

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Encyclopædia Britannica, inc. (2024, May 17). Huey P. Newton. Encyclopædia Britannica. https://www.britannica.com/biography/Huey-P-Newton 

Moon, F., F. (2009). Newton, Huey P (1942–1989). In J. C. Smith & L. T. Wynn, Freedom Facts and Firsts: 400 Years of the African American Civil Rights Experience (1st ed.). Visible Ink Press. https://search.credoreference.com/articles/Qm9va0FydGljbGU6MTI3OTgyNw==?aid=113901

Smith, R., C. (2021). newton, huey p. In R. C. Smith, Encyclopedia of African-American Politics (3rd ed.). Facts On File. https://search.credoreference.com/articles/Qm9va0FydGljbGU6NDkwMzc5MQ==…

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