HOLY HERETIC DEVOTIONAL –February 15, 2017- SHEROES & HEROES: ACTIVISTS
Compiled by Holy Heretic/Freelance Agent Benjamin Silas Foster
“The first thing a revolutionary must learn is that he is a doomed man.” -Huey P. Newton
Huey Newton was a political activist, Ph.D. in social philosophy, and, along with Bobby Seale, founder of the original Black Panther party in 1966. The son of share croppers and a Baptist preacher, Huey migrated from Louisiana with his family to Oakland, California as part of the Great Migration, where he would co-found the Black Panther’s with Bobby Seale after meeting at Merritt College. The group’s main focus was on better housing, jobs, and education for African Americans. The Black Panther’s took a major stance against police brutality in urban neighborhoods, often going to arrests in progress to observe for abuse.
Falsely accused and convicted of killing a police officer, Newton was sentenced to serve 15 years in prison but was released in 1970 due to the popular “Free Huey” movement which helped incorrect deliberation procedurals that had been used in Newton’s trial come to light. In what would prove to be Newton’s final days, the revolutionary earned a PH.D. in social philosophy from the University of California in the 1980s. Proving his doomed man claim correct, Newton would die of a bullet wound in 1989, supposedly by a drug dealer named Tyrone Robinson, though many mysteries still pervade regarding Huey’s murder.
Today’s Action: Like many of the other activists we’ve talked about this month, Huey Newton literally gave his life in support of his people and his community. Pray, think, and meditate on how you can do good in any community you may belong to, whether it be organizing, donating, or a contribution of your time.
Today’s Sharing: Share the ways you’ve come up with to further do good in your communities with us at the Holy Heretic Facebook Page at facebook.com/holyhereticzine.