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Spring 2022

Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Observance Keynote Address 

Speaker: Bobby Seale, Political Activist and co-founder of the Black Panther Party
Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Time: 4 PM ET
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Bobby Seale is an African-American political activist and co-founder and national chairman of the Black Panther Party. Born in Texas in 1936, Bobby Seale is one of a generation of young African-American radicals who broke away from the usually nonviolent Civil Rights Movement to preach a doctrine of militant black empowerment. In 1962, Seale met Huey Newton at a rally and the pair quickly became friends. By 1966, Seale and Newton were ready to organize their beliefs, and they formed the Black Panthers, later renamed the Black Panther Party.

In the 1970s, as the Black Panthers faded from public view, Seale took on a quieter role, working toward improving social services in black neighborhoods and other causes. In 2002, Seale moved back to Oakland to work with young political activists to spark social change.