Huey Newton

Activist / Political Figure
Date Of Birth:
17 February 1942
Date Of Death:
22 August 1989
shot to death
Place Of Birth:
Monroe, Louisiana
Best Known As:
Co-founder of the Black Panthers

Huey Newton and fellow activist Bobby Seale founded the radical Black Panther Party in 1966. Under their leadership the group became a political force both admired and feared for its aggressively militant stance. In 1967 Newton was arrested and charged with killing an Oakland police officer during a dispute, leading to a much-publicized "Free Huey" campaign organized by the Panthers. His 1968 conviction was overturned due to procedural errors. In 1973 Newton escaped other criminal charges by fleeing to Cuba; he returned in 1977 and in 1980 earned a doctorate in philosophy from the University of California. Newton was killed in a 1989 dispute with a drug dealer.

Extra Credit:

Newton’s autobiography, Revolutionary Suicide, was published in 1973.