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In the late 1960s and early 70s posters of the Black Panther Partys co-founder Huey P Newton were plastered on walls of college dorm rooms across the country Wearing a black beret and a leather jacket sitting on a wicker chair a spear in one hand and a rifle in the other the poster depicted Huey Newton as a symbol of his generations anger and courage in the face of racism and classism He is the man whose intellectual capacity and community leadership abilities helped to found the Black Panther Party BPP Newton played an instrumental role in refocusing civil rights activists to the problems of urban Black communities He also tapped the rage and frustration of urban Blacks in order to address social injustice However the FBIs significant fear of the Partys aggressive actions would not only drive the party apart but also perpetuated false information regarding the Panthers programs and accomplishments In recent years historians have devoted much attention of the early 1960s to Malcolm X and Martin Luther King and have ignored the Black Panthers The Panthers and Huey P Newtons leadership of the Party are as significant to the Black freedom struggle as more widely known leaders of the Civil Rights Movement A typical American history high school textbook not only neglects to mention Huey Newton but also disregards the existence of the Black Panthers altogether Therefore we must open this new chapter in American history and discover the legacy and story of Huey P Newtons Black Panthers which has been hidden for far too longHueys experiences growing up were central in his conception of the Black Panthers Unlike King and many other civil rights leaders who were religious Southerners from middle class and well-educated families Huey P Newton was a working class man from a poor urban black neighborhood Born February 17 1942 in Oak Grove Louisiana Huey moved to Oakland California shortly after his second birthday During childhood
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