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...more
'Revolutionary Suicide' will definitely give you a sense of what Dr. Newton envisioned of the BPP movement, and some of the underlying…moreHi Turkel!
'Revolutionary Suicide' will definitely give you a sense of what Dr. Newton envisioned of the BPP movement, and some of the underlying philosophies that guided its members. However, if you wish for a more historical account of what organizing in the BPP looked like, I couldn't make a greater recommendation than to search out the first-hand accounts of former party members, male and female. Multiple accounts are important for understanding the scope and complexity of the organization and movement. Cheers!(less)
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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 ...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
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 ...more
I thought this was a great, straight forward look at Newton's (and the Black Panthers) ideology and beliefs and how his party came together and what tore them apart, and his own experiences with the law and the justice system. I thought his voice was refreshing and feel ...more
One criticism I have is Newton's homofobia. It only comes up once, but it's also in a dismissive ...more
Huey's words are immaculate, and universal to anyone with a sense for ...more
"A section in Dostoevsky’s Crime and ...more
Thank you Huey for ...more
It is also tragic to realize what happened to this man later in life - and not covered by his book.
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.”