The first comprehensive collection of writings by the Black Panther
Party founder and revolutionary icon of the black liberation era, now
in a new edition with a new introduction by former Black Panther
Party chairman Elaine Brown.
The Huey P.
Newton Reader combines now-classic texts from Newton's books
(Revolutionary Suicide, To Die for the People, In Search of Common
Ground, and War Against the Panthers) ranging in topic from the
formation of the Black Panthers, African Americans and armed
self-defense, Eldridge Cleaver's controversial expulsion from the
Party, FBI infiltration of civil rights groups, the Vietnam War, and
the burgeoning feminist movement. Editors Hilliard and Weise also
include never-before-published writings from the Black Panther Party
archives and Newton's private collection, including articles on
President Nixon, prison martyr George Jackson, Pan-Africanism,
affirmative action, and the author's only written account of his
political exile in Cuba in the mid-1970s. Eldridge Cleaver, Bobby
Seale, Angela Davis, Mumia Abu-Jamal, and Geronimo Pratt all came to
international prominence through Newton's groundbreaking political
activism. Additionally, Newton served as the Party's chief
intellectual engine, conversing with world leaders such as Yasser
Arafat, Chinese premier Chou Enlai, and Mozambique president Samora
Moises Machel among others.
Beginning with his
founding of the Black Panther Party in 1966, Huey P. Newton (1941-89)
set the political stage for events that would quickly place him and
the Panthers at the forefront of the African American liberation
movement for the next twenty years.