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Huey Percy Newton and Bobby Seale

Emory Douglas, born 1943
Huey Percy Newton, 17 Feb 1942 - 22 Aug 1989
Bobby Seale, born 22 Oct 1937
c. 1967
Halftone poster on newsprint
Sheet: 57.8 x 44.5cm (22 3/4 x 17 1/2")
Mat: 61.6 x 48.3 x 2.5cm (24 1/4 x 19 x 1")
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Leslie, Judith and Gabri Schreyer and Alice Schreyer Batko
Restrictions & Rights
© Emory Douglas / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Object number
Bobby Seale: American\African American
Huey Percy Newton: American\African American
Exhibition Label
Huey Newton 1942–1989
Born Monroe, Louisiana
Bobby Seale born 1937
Born Dallas, Texas
Huey Newton and Bobby Seale founded the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense in Oakland, California, in the fall of 1966. Having previously worked together at a neighborhood antipoverty center, the two hoped to prevent abusive behavior by local police and to provide assistance programs to the city’s poor African American residents. When Newton was jailed for the murder of a policeman, he and the Black Panthers became the national icon of militant black nationalists. Given the fiery rhetoric of its leaders, FBI director J. Edgar Hoover was moved to describe the Panthers in 1969 as America’s greatest national security threat. By the time of Newton’s release on appeal in 1970, the Panthers had branch offices in more than thirty cities. In this poster by Emory Douglas, the Panthers’ minister of culture, Newton and Seale stand outside their Oakland headquarters.
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
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