REMEMBERING HUEY -
On August 22, 1989, Black Panther Organization Co-Founder And Leader, Huey Percy Newton, Was Murdered In Oakland, California, By Convicted Drug Dealer, Tyrone Robinson.
Huey Newton Was Born February 17, 1942, In Monroe, Louisiana. His Family Moved To Oakland, CA When He Was Three. Despite Being Illiterate When He Graduated High School, Newton Taught Himself To Read. While Attending OAKLAND CITY COLLEGE, He Became Active In Bay Area Politics. He Joined The Afro-American Association & Became A Member of PHI BETA SIGMA Fraternity. He Also HELPED GET THE SCHOOL'S FIRST BLACK HISTORY COURSE PUT INTO THE SCHOOL'S CURRICULUM. Newton Went On To Study At The SAN FRANCISCO SCHOOL OF LAW.
He Also Was Influenced By The Works Of Malcolm X, Frantz Fanon, Che Guevara, Tse-tung & Mao. In 1966, Huey Newton Met Bobby Seale And Founded The BLACK PANTHER PARTY FOR SELF-DEFENSE, A REVOLUTIONARY POLITICAL MOVEMENT DRAWING SUPPORT LARGELY FROM DISENFRANCHISED YOUTH Who Lived In Oakland's Most Impoverished Areas.
Seale Assumed The Role of CHAIRMAN & Newton Served As MINISTER OF DEFENSE. Originally, Their Platform Centered Around UNITING URBAN BLACKS TO PROTECT THEIR RIGHTS, SPECIFICALLY TO PROTECT THEMSELVES AGAINST POLICE BRUTALITY.
The Early Panthers Wore Black Berets & Leather Jackets. They Used What Was Considered During That Period, "RADICAL TERMINOLOGY", Like "Pigs," For The Police: "Fascists" For Established Figures & "Comrade" For Fellow Party Members. The MILITANT, "URBAN WARFARE" PHASE of The Party Didn't Last Long. Party Leaders, Much Maligned & Harassed, Soon Shifted To A Less Radical Ideology. Subsequently, The Movement Was Converted From A "RACE STRUGGLE" To More of A "CLASS STRUGGLE". While The Ultimate Demise of The Black Panthers May Have Been Caused, In Part, By INTERNAL CONFLICTS, There Is Also SIGNIFICANT EVIDENCE That The FEDERAL GOVERNMENT Aided In The Process.
Dr. Huey P. Newton Earned A Ph.D In SOCIAL PHILOSOPHY From The UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA AT SANTA CRUZ, In 1980.
Live oaks flourish throughout the South
Louisiana is no exception....She may be, in fact, our greatest inspiration
Today at Houmas House plantation I got to stand in gratitude before one of the most spectacular and beautiful live oaks I have ever seen in the world
The branches were simply alive ...cradling and massaging the mother earth beneath them
These are the things that make one realize that life on this earth is truly a miracle .....and something to be cherished #louisiana#southerncharm#batonrouge#travelphotography#travelblogger#trees#liveoak#nature