Bobby Hutton: The Killing That Catapulted The Black Panthers To Fame

https://www.npr.org/player/embed/600055767/600055768 An April 6 1968, 17-year-old Bobby Hutton, the very first recruit to Oakland’s Black Panther Party, was shot multiple times after he’d surrendered to the police. STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: Next we have a bit of hidden history from 50 years ago today. We recall what happened, of course, on April 4, 1968, when Martin […]

Former Black Panther Party captain discusses crack cocaine epidemic

By Donald Amble   A former captain of the Seattle Chapter of the Black Panther Party spoke to students at the University of New Mexico Tuesday about what lead to the crack cocaine epidemic. Aaron Dixon gave a lecture on where his book, “My People Are Rising,” left off as part of Africana Studies’ annual speaker […]

The bunker is gone but the Black Panthers’ work lives on in Seattle

Seattle Black Panthers gather on the steps of the Capitol in Olympia on February 28, 1969, to protest a bill aiming to make it a crime to exhibit firearms with “an intent to intimidate others.” MUSEUM OF HISTORY AND INDUSTRY Elmer Dixon walked up to the spot where the Black Panthers fortified a building against […]

Winnie Mandela was a hero. If she’d been white, there would be no debate

Peaceful protest did not end apartheid: it took revolutionaries. And it shouldn’t be difficult to choose between a system of racial supremacy and a person who helped overthrow it  ‘Winnie Madikizela-Mandela was the leader of a liberation struggle. She was a radical until the end.’ Photograph: AP Heroes are curious things. Ours have roots in […]