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Free Bobby!

ID Number: 3236
Maker: Black Panther Party
Technique: offset
Date Made: early 1970s
Place Made: North America: United States; California
Measurements: 56 cm x 43 cm; 22 1/16 in x 16 15/16 in
Main Subject: Black Panther Party; African Americans; Political Prisoners
Materials: paper (fiber product)
Digitized: Y

Full Text:
People Who Come Out Of Prison Can Build Up The Country; Misfortune Is A Test Of Peoples Fidelity; Those Who Protest At Injustice Are People Of True Merit! When Prison Doors Are Opened, The Real Dragon Will Fly Out! (Ho Chi Minh) Free Bobby! Free All Political Prisoners

Acquisition Number: 1989-020

Copyright status determined by date estimate. Works published in the U.S. before 1978 and without a copyright notice are in the public domain.

Copyright Status:
Probably public domain.

Exhibition Annotation:
Bobby Seale Seale was co-founder and Chairman of the Black Panther Party. Born in Dallas Texas in 1936, his family later moved to Oakland, California. He met Huey Newton in 1962. In October 1966 they formed the Black Panther Party for Self Defense to create a political base that could challenge racism and capitalism. They believed that if the police had guns, so should the people. In May 1967, Seale led a group of 30 armed Panthers into the California State Assembly protesting proposed gun control legislation. This event exploded the Black Panther Party onto the national and international stage. In 1968, Bobby Seale was arrested on conspiracy charges, although his participation in the Chicago demonstrations was limited to two uneventful speeches during a stay of only 24 hours. Briefly part of the “Chicago Eight,” (see above), Seale was tried separately from the other defendants. The image of Seale bound and gagged during his trial was broadcast internationally, and graphically illustrated the Panthers’ accusations of racism in the criminal justice system. He was convicted of contempt and sentenced to four years in prison. In prison, he wrote Seize the Time, for which he received the Martin Luther King Memorial Prize in 1971. After leaving the Party, Seale moved to Philadelphia, where he currently works as a community liaison at Temple University. He also lectures extensively.* *[update 2019: unclear if he still works at Temple University]

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