Founder of the Black Panther Party Huey P Newton A Forgotten Legacy

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In the late 1960's and early '70's posters of the Black Panther Party's co-founder, Huey P. Newton were plastered on walls of college dorm rooms across the country. Wearing a black beret and a leather jacket, sitting on a wicker chair, a spear in one hand and a rifle in the other, the poster depicted Huey Newton as a symbol of his generation's anger and courage in the face of racism and classism. He is the man whose intellectual capacity and community leadership abilities helped to found the Black Panther Party (BPP). Newton played an instrumental role in refocusing civil rights activists to the problems of urban Black communities. He also tapped the rage and frustration of urban Blacks in order to address social injustice. However, the FBI's significant fear of the Party's aggressive actions would not only drive the party apart but also perpetuated false information regarding the Panther's programs and accomplishments. In recent years, historians have devoted much attention of the early 1960's, to Malcolm X and Martin Luther King and have ignored the Black Panthers. The Panthers and Huey P. Newton's leadership of the Party are as significant to the Black freedom struggle as more widely known leaders of the Civil Rights Movemen Continue...


As the BPP rapidly grew across the nation, the Panthers threatened police from local, state and federal branches of government. The murder of several branch leaders as well as the destruction of BPP headquarters and survival programs led to the Parties demise by 1973. The SSAC's rejection of "Brothers On the Block", eventually led to Huey and Bobby's resignation from the Campus Organization. But before their demise, the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense was able to make a huge impact on America, both physically and inspirationally. Jones ( Black Classic Press: Baltimore, 1998,) 159 Frantz Fanon, The Wretched of the Earth (New York: Grove Press Inc. Unlike other organizations within the Black Liberation Movement, the Black Panthers had several biracial alliances. Early in life Huey experienced regular hostility from local police. As the Party's chief theoretician, Huey's thinking and the Black Panther outlook are significant because they represent the continuation of radical African American political thought, which dates back to W.