Opening Reception Saturday November 29
Added to the calendar on Wednesday Nov 26th, 2008 10:46 PM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
BOBBY HUTTON MEMORIAL BENEFIT
SLATED FOR NOVEMBER 29TH AT SAN FRANCISCO’S ONSIX GALLERY AT CLUB SIX. 60 6th Street, S.F. CA. (BOBBY HUTTON MEMORIAL TO BE AT OAKLAND’S DEFREMERY PARK)
Blackpantherblvd.com is pleased to announce that there will be a BOBBY HUTTON MEMORIAL BENEFIT at San Francisco's Onsix Gallery at Club Six, [60 6th St.] on Saturday, November 29th. For ages 21 and up. Admission will be a $10 donation. There will be Artwork for sale by Internationally known artist and Black Panther Party Minister of Culture, EMORY DOUGLAS, as well as vital works from Nationally known artists: RIGO 23, SWOON, SHAM SAENZ and MONICA CANILAO, TREVOR PAGLEN, EVE EKMAN, MATT GONZALEZ and HILARY PECIS. Music will be provided by socially conscious, bay area mega-group, DIGITAL UNDERGROUND and MARCEL DIABLO, Art show will be running concurrently (before and after Nov. 29) at THE LUGGAGE STORE GALLERY, 1007 Market St. (6th).
All proceeds from the show will go to the Bobby Hutton Memorial.
The city of Oakland, has approved the placement of a Bobby Hutton's memorial in West Oakland’s DeFremery Park. Bobby Hutton was the 3rd member of the Black Panther Party, and he was struck down three days after the assassination of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and 2 weeks before his 18th birthday (shot 12 times by the Oakland Police Department while surrendering, shirtless, after a standoff). Young Bobby Hutton’s life represents the perpetual awakening of Black youth to their unique history, and the eternal process of mentorship and guidance towards political and historical consciousness and a higher calling.
The Black Panthers at their height had over 5,000 members and over 40 chapters, so the process that Bobby Hutton went thorugh was replicated exponentially across the United States. Equally important in Bobby's story, is that by stepping forward, 16 year old Bobby Hutton, also avoided the pitfalls of urban neglect, poverty, violence and drugs that far too many black youth are mired in today. It is both ironic and tragic, that his life was cut short by the same senseless violence Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale set out to eliminate when they formed The Black Panthers. In this regard, Bobby Hutton is a perfect example of the quintessential Black Panther.
There has been a small group of committed family members and friends that have sustained and championed this project for many years, including Bobby Hutton’s sister.
Event Co-Sponsors: itsabouttimebpp.com, Juxtapoz (arts magazine), Oakland’s The Commemorator Newspaper (Melvin Dickson), The Luggage Store Gallery, Club Six, Rigo 23 and Emory Douglas.
To schedule an interview of for more information please contact Sham Saenz or Damon Eaves above.