The Genius of Huey P. Newton

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Huey P. Newton, Black Panther party minister of defense, raises his arm as he is literally surrounded by newsmen and others at Philadelphia’s International Airport on Friday, Sept. 4, 1970 in Philadelphia upon his arrival for a three-day convention. Man at right is not identified. (AP Photo/Rusty Kennedy)

HUEY P. NEWTON, BLACK PANTHER PARTY MINISTER OF DEFENSE, RAISES HIS ARM AS HE IS LITERALLY SURROUNDED BY NEWSMEN AND OTHERS AT PHILADELPHIA’S INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT ON FRIDAY, SEPT. 4, 1970 IN PHILADELPHIA UPON HIS ARRIVAL FOR A THREE-DAY CONVENTION. MAN AT RIGHT IS NOT IDENTIFIED. (AP PHOTO/RUSTY KENNEDY)

By Mumia Abu-Jamal

© ’15 Mumia Abu-Jamal

To those of us who were alive–and sentient, the name Huey P. Newton evokes an era of mass resistance, of Black popular protest and of the rise of revolutionary organizations across the land.

To those of subsequent eras, youth in their 20s, the name is largely unknown, as is the name of its greatest creation: The Black Panther Party.

To those of us now known as ‘old heads’ and elders, such a transition from then to now seems almost unimaginable, but alas, looking out into the present is proof positive that the old saying, “History is written by the victors”…

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