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Maker: Young Socialist Alliance
Date Made: 1968
Place Made: United States: California, Oakland
Measurements: 57 cm x 44.5 cm; 22 7/16 in x 17 1/2 in
Main Subject: Black Panther Party; African Americans; Political Prisoners; Viet Nam War Era
Materials: paper (fiber product); wrapped, corners
Free Huey March Monday July 15 9 AM from Merritt College 59th & Grove to Oakland Courthouse Rally At Courthouse Carpool Leaving Bancroft & Telegraph 8:30 Labor Donated Young Socialist Alliance
Acquisition Number: 1989-001
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Huey Newton (1942-1989) Huey Newton was born in Louisiana and raised in Oakland, California. He attended Merritt College in Oakland, where he earned an associate in arts degree and was active in the Afro-American Association. In 1966 he and Bobby Seale co-founded the Black Panther Party in Oakland. Eldridge Cleaver joined the next year. In 1967, Newton was charged with the murder of an Oakland policeman. After a spectacular trial with many thousands of demonstrators, he was convicted of voluntary manslaughter and sentenced from two to fifteen years in prison. The California Court of Appeals reversed his conviction in 1970, and this reversal was affirmed by the state Supreme Court. Newton was subsequently released from prison, and two new trials ended in hung juries. Newton later fled the country but returned voluntarily, surrendering to law enforcement officials in July 1977. Newton became an international symbol of organized resistance while he struggled with legal problems and personal demons. He was also a legal scholar who earned a Ph.D. in social philosophy at the University of California, Santa Cruz in 1980, and authored several books, including To Die for the People (1970) and Revolutionary Suicide (1973). In 1989, Newton was gunned down in Oakland during a drug-related incident.