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Black Panther/Asian American Activist Richard Aoki dies at age 71
Field Marshal of the Black Panther Party, Co-Founder of Asian American Studies at UC Berkeley, Leader of the Third World Liberation Front Richard Aoki dies at age 71.
Richard Masato Aoki, 1938-2009.
Fearless Leader and Servant of the People
It is with deep sadness that we inform you that Richard Aoki, due to complications from longstanding medical problems, passed away on March 15, 2009.
Born on November 20, 1938, Richard was a righteous fighter and a warrior in the truest sense – he dedicated his life to his beliefs and the struggle for human rights. He was a field marshal in the Black Panther Party, a founding member of the Asian American Political Alliance, a leader in the Third World Liberation Front Strike at UC Berkeley, co-ordinator for the first Asian American Studies program at UC Berkeley, an advisor for Asians for Job Opportunities, a counselor, instructor and administrator at Merritt and Alameda Colleges .
We will remember him for the personal impact he made on our lives and the social impact he made on the community movements of people of all colors:
“…Based on my experience, I’ve seen where unity amongst the races has yielded positive results. I don’t see any other way for people to gain freedom, justice, and equality here except by being internationalist.” – Richard Aoki
Memorial arrangements are pending and information will be available at a later date.
Richard Aoki Commemorative Committee.
Email: RAMemorial [at] gmail.com
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