- NAME: Huey P. Newton
- OCCUPATION: Civil Rights Activist
- BIRTH DATE: February 17, 1942
- DEATH DATE: August 22, 1989
- EDUCATION: Merritt College, University of California, Santa Cruz
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Monroe, Louisiana
- PLACE OF DEATH: Oakland, California
- Full Name: Huey Percy Newton
- AKA: Huey P. Newton
- AKA: Huey Newton
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Huey P. Newton was an African-American activist best known for founding the militant Black Panther Party with Bobby Seale in 1966.
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During its existence, members of the group clashed with police several times. The party's treasurer, Bobby Hutton, was even killed during of these conflicts in 1968. In the 1970s, the Black Panthers began to fall apart. Key members left, and Newton faced more criminal charges. To avoid prosecution, he fled to Cuba in 1971, but he returned three years later.
With the Panthers in disarray, Newton returned to school, earning a Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Cruz, in 1980. In his final years, however, it is believed that he suffered from a drug problem. The once popular revolutionary died on August 22, 1989, in Oakland, California, after being shot on the street.
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