The Original Black Panther: Dr. Huey P. Newton

Dr. Huey P. Newton, 1967

“Expect the unexpected.” No statement could be truer to illuminate the incomparable works of Huey P. Newton. An icon like no other, DR. HUEY P. NEWTON emerged from a violent and tumultuous upbringing to evolve into the freedom fighter and revolutionary.

Growing up, Newton learned how to intimidate his bullies and although, the were bigger and badder, he learned to fight with his fists before he fought with his mouth. He threatened all those who crossed him to gain what he needed.

More refined in his college years, Newton and Bobby Seal co-founded the famous Black Panther Party of Self-Defense. Newton idealized a world of social, political, and economic change for African-Americans where they would be self-accountable and efficient.

Newton’s persistence to exercise initiative in social situations. The Party’s Free Breakfast for School Children Program was a community-based initiative which acted as a precursor of the Oakland Community School. Upon learning the majority of school children were educated on an empty stomach, the Panthers would prepare and serve meals composed of cereals, oats, fruits, milk, juices, water, and vegetables. The Panthers set-up kitchens in 19 cities, allowing more than 10,000 kids to be fed.

Vigor in pursuing his goals, Newton, with minimal examples, had dreams of attending college. In spite of illiterately graduating from high school, Newton noticed how a non-education worsens an African-American’s chance at success, he taught himself to read in order to study famous philosophers. He would persists and earn an Associate’s, Bachelor’s and Ph.D. in social philosophy (while resisting arrests and other legal issues).

Advocating for the community, Newton published the Ten-Point Program denoting ten points of “What We Want Now!” such as: freedom, power to determine the destiny of our Black community, full employment, an end to the robbery by the capitalists, decent housing, exemption from militaries and jails, and fair court trials, and land, clothing, bread, etc.

 

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