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Black Panthers History "Honoring Huey P. Newton", Berkeley, 2/22/09: photos & audio
In celebration of the birthday of Huey Newton, the Commemoration Committee for the Black Panther Party presented the "Black History Program: Honoring Huey P. Newton" at the Black Repertory Theater in Berkeley. Huey Newton co-founded, along with Bobby Seale, the Black Panther Party for Self Defense in Oakland in 1966. Huey Newton was born on February 17, 1942.
Speakers taking the event through the history of Huey and the Black Panther Party included, amongst others, Melvin Dickson of the Seattle chapter of the BPP, Neomi Banks Marco of the BPP Oakland Community School, Minister of Culture Emory Douglas, Chairman Bobby Seale, and James Mott of The Lumpen.
Black Panther Steve McCrutchen served as MC.
Event co-sponsored by the Li'l Bobby Hutton Memorial Committee. Bobby Hutton was murdered by Oakland police a few days after the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1968. Fundraising efforts are currently under way to place a statue in Bobby Hutton's honor at Bobby Hutton (AKA DeFremery) Park in West Oakland. Friends and Family of Li'l Bobby Hutton have an event scheduled at the West Oakland Public Library on April 11th at 1pm. Call 510-704-0565 for more info.
Acknowledgment made for Melvin Newton, brother of Huey, who was in attendance.
Dereka spoke about getting involved with upcoming events this Friday, February 27th in honor of Oscar Grant's 23rd birthday:
- Prisoners of Conscience Committee (POCC) celebration and fundraiser for Oscar Grant's daughter at the Black Dot Cafe in West Oakland, 10pm
- Coalition Against Police Executions (CAPE) will be handing out literature at BART stations across the Bay Area throughout the day
Much of his art has been featured in the BPP Commemorator newspaper over the years, and his style was adopted internationally by other artists.
Seven random images from the dozens displayed at the event, in the order they were shown at 5 second intervals here. More work can be found across the internet, and Emory Douglas is currently working on developing his own website to highlight his art in the near future.
Emory Douglas narrates as slides of his work are shown. Live band, bassist and keyboard, plays in the background.
Nadine speaks about historical solidarity between Black Panthers and Palestine, chemical weapons used in the recent war on Gaza and conditions in Gaza today, and current developments in Israeli politics.