Essay about Huey Newton, The Black Panthers, And Black Power

1191 Words Feb 24th, 2016 5 Pages
Huey Newton, the Black Panthers, and Black Power People had been taken advantage of for too long, they were tired of being harassed and segregated, therefore the movement for Civil Rights emerged. People of all races felt as if it was time for there to be equality among blacks and whites. Throughout history, there was harsh treatment towards African American people, the Black Power movement was a way to stop that harsh treatment and finally feel equal. Huey Newton is known for being one of the founding members of the influential civil rights group, the Black Panthers. Huey Newton was born on February 17th, 1942, in Monroe, Louisiana. His parents were Walter Newton and Armelia Johnson. His parents had seven children and Newton was the youngest. Three years after Newton was born, the family moved to Oakland, California. Newton had experienced racism in the Oakland area and his school which led to a lack of effort in school. While he was in school, he got into trouble with school authorities and got suspended a few times. Since he didn’t try very hard in school, he was on the verge of being illiterate after graduating from school. Newton taught himself how to read after leaving school; he taught himself to read as a way to get back at the people who said he was a failure (History Learning Site). Newton attended Merritt College where he joined the Afro-American Association and became involved in politics (Famous People). Newton very much enjoyed reading and…

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