Hutton joined the Black Panther Party at the age of 16, in 1966. On April 6th, 1968, when he was 17 years old, he was traveling in a car with a few other Black Panther members when they were ambushed by the Oakland police. They ran for cover in a building nearby. When the police finally threw tear gas into the building, Hutton stripped down to his underwear so that the police would know he was unarmed and he walked out. The police shot him 12 times
Original six Black Panthers (November, 1966) Top left to right:Elbert "Big Man" Howard; Huey P. Newton (Defense Minister), Sherman Forte, Bobby Seale (Chairman). Bottom: Reggie Forte and Little Bobby Hutton (Treasurer).
The Black Panther was a weekly newspaper published by the Black Panther Party from 1967-80. Art directed by Revolutionary Artist and Minister of Culture Emory Douglas, The Black Panther covers were a combination of Douglas’s own powerful illustration, collage, high-contrast photographs, and poster-like graphics. Many of these covers are courtesy of Babylon Falling and Emory Douglas Art.
Kathleen and Eldridge Cleaver in Algiers after the birth of their first child. The Black Panther Party had established an international section in Algeria during 1969. by Pan-African News Wire File Photos, via Flickr
Fred Hampton was a black activist and deputy chairman of the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party. He was killed in his apartment during a raid by a tactical unit of the Cook County, Illinois State's Attorney's Office, in conjunction with the Chicago Police Dept. and the FBI. Hampton's death was chronicled in the 1971 documentary film The Murder of Fred Hampton, as well as an episode of the critically acclaimed documentary series Eyes on the Prize.
In January, 1969, The first Panther's Free Breakfast for School Children Program is initiated at St. Augustine's Church in Oakland. By the end of the year, the Panthers set up kitchens in cities across the nation, feeding over 10,000 children every day be