Bonnie Schiffman (American, b. 1950)
MediumArchival inkjet print
DimensionsImage : 16 1/4 x 16 in. (41.28 x 40.64 cm)
Work : 22 x 17 in. (55.88 x 43.18 cm)
Credit LineGift of the Artist
LabelHuey Newton (1942-1989) was born in Louisiana but raised in California after his family moved there to escape racial violence and oppression in the Jim Crow South. As a student at Merritt College in Oakland, California in 1966, Newton joined with Bobby Seale to found the Black Panther Party, working to protect African Americans from police harassment and discrimination while also advocating for better access to housing, education and jobs. Newton was convicted of killing a police officer in 1968 and served two years in prison before his conviction was overturned on appeal. He earned a Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 1980 and sought to continue his work in the Civil Rights Movement, but his effectiveness as a leader in the movement was hindered by a severe cocaine addiction. Newton was murdered in 1989 in Oakland during a dispute over drugs.