The searing, visionary memoir of founding Black Panther Huey P. Newton, in a dazzling graphic package
Eloquently tracing the birth of a revolutionary, Huey P. Newton's famous and oft-quoted autobiography is as much a manifesto as a portrait of the inner circle of America's Black Panther Party. From Newton's impoverished childhood on the streets of Oakland to his adolescen...more
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I knew Huey as a child and I didn't like him. In fact, I was afraid of him. I'd hide behind my father every time I saw him. From the time of his death until now, I've learned more about the man he was, before I was born, and the organization he created. Even still, I knew nothing. Revolutionary Su ...more
I learned a lot. More than I can write here. Because this book creates a dialogue. You need to react to this book out loud. It begs you to argue with its ideas.
It also shows the contemporary reader how little things have changed in the police vs black man. And if this white woman can see that, I cannot even fathom how horrible the reality is.
I do wish that he had spoken more of ...more
One criticism I have is Newton's homofobia. It only comes up once, but it's also in a dismissive fashio ...more
Last year in the UK the government passed a policy that banned books being sent into prisons and after reading Revolutionary Suicide, this new law has saddened me even more than it originally did. A large chunk of Huey's book is dedicated to how Huey's exposure to books is what sparked and carried his change as a man. Just like Malcolm, the books thes ...more
Thank you Huey for tea ...more
"A section in Dostoevsky’s Crime and ...more
It is also tragic to realize what happened to this man later in life - and not covered by his book.
If there is one negative to this book, it is that, because it is a first hand account written by a man who was central to the Black Panther movement, at times it can be overly emotional, and struggles to maintain an ...more
I found out about this autobiography a while ago in my quest to start reading more African American history/ literature and not wanting to read the guy’s that “everybody” has heard of. More specifically, I wanted to read the about the radicals, the extremists as well as make an attempt to read about the leaders on the forefront. In this quest, I knew I wanted to read more about the Black Panther Party and learn more about their ideologies and leadership. I figur ...more
Huey Newton's Revolutionary Suicide stays with you long after completing the final page. As I read Mr. Newton's book thru his eyes set in the specified place and time in history, things are explained in a magniloquent and effortless voice. I kept reflecting on why our society hasnt evolved infinitely more than it has. Yes, we have come a long way but ...more
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Revolutionary suicide does not mean that I and my comrades have a death wish; it means just the opposite. We have such a strong desire to live with hope and human dignity that existence without them is impossible. When reactionary forces crush us, we must move against these forces, even at the risk of death. We will have to be driven out with a stick.”