Huey Percy Newton (February 17, 1942 – August 22, 1989) was an activist and co-founder of the Black Panther Party with Bobby Seale. Newton was born in Louisiana, but his family relocated to Oakland in 1945 when he was three.

Newton graduated from Oakland Technical High School in 1959 without being able to read. He later taught himself to read "by listening to records of Vincent Price reading great poetry, and then looking up the poems to see how the words looked." 2 Newton went on to earn a PhD from UC Santa Cruz in 1980.

Black Panther Party

Newton attended Merritt College where he co-founded the Black Panther Party, becoming the Minister of Defense.

Death and Burial

In 1989, Newton was shot in West Oakland by Tyrone Robinson, a member of the Black Guerrilla Family. He was cremated and interred at Evergreen Cemetery, according to numerous sources, including The Shadow of the Panther: Huey Newton and the Price of Black Power in America, by Hugh Pearson, which notes that the cemetery includes a plaque honoring Newton.

Links and References

  1. Huey Newton on Wikipedia
  2. Huey Newton on BlackAmericaWeb.com