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Huey P. Newton
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    (February 17, 1942-August 22, 1989)
    Died in Oakland, California after being shot by a drug dealer
    Co-founded the Black Panthers with Bobby Seale
    He helped form the Black Panthers.
    He was the only member of the Black Panthers to be singled-out and listed in President Richard M. Nixon's Enemy List.
    He smoked.
    He claimed to study law so he could 'become a better burglar.'
    He was arrested several times for petty crimes prior to forming the Black Panthers.
    He was a fan of Malcolm X, Mao ZeDong and Che Guevara.
    He enjoyed hating and blaming 'the system.'
    He was called a 'fire-breathing revolutionary.'
    He hated the police.
    He was accused of murdering police officer John Frey (1967).
    He would be prosecuted and found guilty, being ordered to serve 2-15 years in 1968. The California Appellate Court reversed the decision and order Huey a new trial, which would see the charges against him dropped.
    He unsuccessfully ran for Congress (1968).
    He was accused of murdering a 17 year old prostitute, Kathleen Smith.
    After skipping out on his court appearance, his bail was revoked and he was added to the FBI's Most Wanted List. He relocated to Cuba (1974) only to return three years later because 'the climate in the United States had changed' and he believed he could get a fair trial. He wound up being acquitted of all charges.
    He was convicted of embezzling state and federal funds from the community programs he and the Black Panthers helped form (1989).
    He was shot and killed by a drug dealer (1989).
    He was the youngest of seven children.
    His intention for forming the Black Panthers was to 'defend the [black] community against the aggression of the power structure.'
    He chose a woman, Elaine Brown, to replace him.
    He was a teacher while living in Cuba.
    He was called a 'modern day American revolutionary.'
    He didn't like the idea of a 'New' Black Panthers forming.
    He said: '... during those long years in the Oakland public schools, I did not have one teacher who taught me anything relevant to my own life of experience. Not one instructor ever awoke in me a desire to learn more or to question or to explore the worlds of literature, science and history. All they did was try to rob me of the sense of my own uniqueness and worth and in the process, they nearly killed my urge to inquire.'
    He taught himself how to read well.
    He was a fan of Vincent Price.
    He earned a PhD at the University of California in 1978.
    Spike Lee took his life story and made it into a movie, 'A Huey P. Newton Story.'

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