Huey Percy Newton was born on February 17, 1942 in Monroe, Louisiana. He was co-founder and leader of the Black Panther Party for Self Defense, an African-American organization established to promote Black Power, civil rights and self-defense.
While at Merritt College, Newton had become actively involved in politics in the Bay Area. He joined the Afro-American Association, became a prominent member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. Beta Tau chapter, and played a role in getting the first black history course adopted as part of the college’s curriculum. It was during his time at Merritt College that Newton, along with Bobby Seale, organized the Black Panther Party for Self Defense in October 1966.
In 1967 Newton was accused of murdering Oakland police officer John Frey. Though he was convicted of voluntary manslaughter and sentenced to 2-15 years in prison the case was dropped after two subsequent mistrials.
Newton and the Black Panthers influenced a generation of artists and musicians and his name was referenced in many songs, poems and tv shows. In 1996, A Huey P. Newton Story was performed on stage by veteran actor Roger Guenveur Smith. The one-man play was later made into an award-winning 2001 film directed by Spike Lee.
Newton was fatally shot on August of 1989 by a drug dealer in Oakland. He was only 47 years old.
Huey P. Newton Interview From Jail
Public Enemy, “Welcome To The Terrordome”
“Every brother ain’t a brother/Cause a Black hand
Squeezed on Malcom X the man/The shootin’ of Huey Newton
From a hand of a N*gger who pulled the trigger”
Nas, “Queens Get The Money”
“I’m Huey P. And Louie V./At the eulogy
throwing Molotov’s for Emmitt…”
dead prez, “Police State”
I’ll take a slug for the cause like Huey P.
While all you fake n*ggas try to copy Master P
Notorious B.I.G, Coolio, Redman, Busta Rhymes, Bone Thugs & More.. – “Points” (Uncut) from the Panther Movie Soundtrack
Huey Freeman of The Boondocks
Roger Guenveur Smith as Huey P. Newton