This Day in Black History: Feb. 17, 1942

This Day in Black History: Feb. 17, 1942

Huey P. Newton, co-founder of the Black Panther Party, is born in Monroe, Louisiana.

Published February 17, 2012

Civil rights activist Huey P. Newton was born in Monroe, Louisiana on this day. Newton would go on to become a co-founder of the controversial Black Panther Party, a paramilitary political organization that aimed to create social programs for Blacks stifled by racial discrimination. Newton would be a central figure of the Black power movement of the 1960s.

 

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Written by Britt Middleton

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