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By Huey P. Newton

The searing, visionary memoir of founding Black Panther Huey P. Newton, in a stunning picture package

Eloquently tracing the beginning of a progressive, Huey P. Newton's well-known and oft-quoted autobiography is as a lot a manifesto as a portrait of the internal circle of America's Black Panther occasion. From Newton's impoverished formative years at the streets of Oakland to his youth and struggles with the process, from his position within the Black Panthers to his solitary confinement within the Alameda County penitentiary, Revolutionary Suicide is sensible, unrepentant, and thought-provoking in its portrayal of encouraged radicalism.

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Yet all the while, in the heart of every Black, there is the hope that life will somehow change in the future. I do not think that life will change for the better without an assault on the Establishment,1 which goes on exploiting the wretched of the earth. This belief lies at the heart of the concept of revolutionary suicide. Thus it is better to oppose the forces that would drive me to self-murder than to endure them. Although I risk the likelihood of death, there is at least the possibility, if not the probability, of changing intolerable conditions.

In 1966, Newton enrolled in Merritt College in Oakland, where he became a member of the Phi Beta Sigma fraternity, led the effort to establish the first black history course, and met Bobby Seale. In October 1966, Newton and Seale founded what was then known as the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense. The Party urged members to challenge the status quo with armed patrols of the impoverished streets of black Oakland, and to form coalitions with organizations representing other oppressed groups. Internationally, Newton directed the Party to form coalitions with the Vietnamese, Chinese, and Cubans, as with, among others, African national liberation organizations like FRELIMO in Mozambique, ZANU in Zimbabwe, and the ANC in South Africa.

S. government under the FBI’s infamous COINTELPRO (counterintelligence) program, which openly stated that its agenda was to disrupt or destroy the Party. By 1981 the Party had been driven into its demise. D. from the University of California, Santa Cruz, publishing his dissertation War Against the Panthers: A Study of Repression in the United States. Prior to that, Newton had authored Revolutionary Suicide and To Die for the People, in addition to numerous other treatises and articles, and was the coauthor with psychoanalyst Erik Erikson of the book In Search of Common Ground.

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