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Lil' Bobby Hutton Day, West Oakland, 4/11/09: photos
by dave id
Sunday Apr 12th, 2009 11:10 PM
On Saturday, April 11th, at the West Oakland Public Library, family, friends, and former Black Panthers celebrated Lil' Bobby Hutton Day in honor of the 17-year-old Black Panther murdered by Oakland police in 1968.
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Oakland Legend

Bobby Hutton was the first member to join the Black Panther Party (originally the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense) after its founding by Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale in Oakland in the Fall of 1966. The group Family and Friends of Lil' Bobby Hutton have been marking the day since 1998, shortly after their work for the release of Geronimo Pratt was complete. Pratt was freed in 1997 after being wrongfully convicted and spending 27 years in prison. Family and Friends of Lil' Bobby Hutton are currently working on fund-raising and finalizing the design for a statue they intend to erect in Lil' Bobby Hutton Park (aka DeFremery Park) across the street from the West Oakland library.

Link to full audio will be posted below photos.

Event announcement: http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2009/03/28/18584317.php

Bobby Hutton headstone unveiling in 2003: http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2003/03/08/15808551.php
§Joyce Hutton, Bobby's niece, was MC of the event
by dave id Sunday Apr 12th, 2009 11:10 PM
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§Melvin Dixon
by dave id Sunday Apr 12th, 2009 11:10 PM
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§Damon, of Black Panther Blvd
by dave id Sunday Apr 12th, 2009 11:10 PM
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http://www.blackpantherblvd.com
§Billy X
by dave id Sunday Apr 12th, 2009 11:10 PM
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§Emory Douglas
by dave id Sunday Apr 12th, 2009 11:10 PM
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§Bridgette Goodman, sculptor of the upcoming Bobby Hutton statue
by dave id Sunday Apr 12th, 2009 11:10 PM
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§Ronald Freeman
by dave id Sunday Apr 12th, 2009 11:10 PM
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§Clay study, photographs, and memorial plans
by dave id Sunday Apr 12th, 2009 11:10 PM
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§Bobby James Hutton
by dave id Sunday Apr 12th, 2009 11:10 PM
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§Little Bobby Hutton Memorial project
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§Bridgette Goodman noted that this is an early study
by dave id Sunday Apr 12th, 2009 11:10 PM
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§Each One Teach One
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§Historic Black Panther newspapers
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"His sacrifice is an irrevocable loss. But we must bear in mind clearly that if we lose one man in wiping out 100 enemy troops, this is no victory for us. Because the life of each guerilla is much more precious than 1,000 enemy troops since he has been seasoned in the guerilla struggle for many years and prepared politically and militarily."

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§Paulette Hogan
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§Tyleen, poetry contest
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poetry contest
§Curly Estremera, poetry contest
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§Charles DuBois, poetry contest
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§Steve McCrutchen, poetry contest
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§Mark, poetry contest
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§Shane, poetry contest
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§Tusan, poetry contest
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§Joyce Hutton and children
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§Jerry Abrams
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§Macheo Suviane
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§Marleen
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§Happy Birthday Lil' Bobby Hutton!
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§Lil' Bobby Hutton Day, West Oakland, 4/11/09: audio
by dave id Monday Apr 13th, 2009 1:03 AM
Audio from the event can be found here:

Comments  (Hide Comments)

by thank you
Monday Apr 13th, 2009 11:21 AM
So glad to see indybay coverage of this
by Sista T
Monday Apr 13th, 2009 2:14 PM
Asante sana (many thanks in KiSwahili) for a wonderful tribute to Oakland's very own shining black prince.
by Hans
Sunday Apr 19th, 2009 2:17 AM
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Thanks for covering the event, and helping to preserve this important Bay Area history -- of both terrible police murder and righteous resistance to oppression.