For Information on booking Fredrika Newton as a speaker call 707 644 2730.

Fredrika Newton

Fredrika Newton joined the Black Panther Party as a youth member in 1969. She first met Huey P. Newton in 1970, marrying him eleven years later in 1981. They lived together until Newton's death in 1989 with Ms. Newton establishing the Huey P. Newton Foundation, a non-profit educational organization, in 1993. Serving as the Foundation's President, she operates the community-based programs, which include literacy, voter outreach and health-related components. More =>

For Information on booking David Hilliard as a speaker call 707 644 2730.

David Hilliard

David Hilliard, a founding member and Chief of Staff of the Black Panther Party, is an incomparable authority on the life, legacy, and intellectual history of Black Panther leader Huey P. Newton.

Indeed, no other scholar of or direct participant in the Black Liberation Movement of the 1960s and 1970s offers a more intimate understanding of Newton's activism and ideas.

First as childhood classmates and later as young adult comrades in the African-American freedom struggle, Hilliard enjoyed a close association with Newton that endured throughout the Black Panther leader's lifetime.
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For Information on booking Ericka Huggins as a speaker call 707 644 2730.

Ericka Huggins

Ericka Huggins currently lectures about the African-American influence on the Human Rights Movement, the Black Panther Paty Community Programs and The Impact of Women Leaders in the Black Panther Party.

She has taught meditation and mindfulness in California public elementary and secondary schools for over 20 years.

She is currently a part of a global project to offer spiritual awareness to children, teens and young adults.

From 1973-1981 she was Director of the Oakland Community School, a community run and supported child development center and elementary school in East Oakland. After she joined the Black Panther Party in 1969, she became writer and editor for the Black Panther Intercommunal News Service.

Her book of poetry, Insights and Poems, co-authored by Huey Newton, was published in 1974.

She lives in Oakland, California and is currently working on her autobiography.

For Information on booking Francis Carter-Hilliard as a speaker call 707 644 2730.

Francis Carter-Hilliard

Founder of the New Haven, Connecticut chapter of the Black Panther Party, Frances Carter-Hilliard became a leading member of the Party at just age twenty. Her role in the organization quickly assumed greater historical significance when in 1969 federal authorities apprehended members of the New Haven chapter along with Black Panther leaders Bobby Seale and Ericka Huggins on charges of conspiracy to commit murder and kidnapping. The "New Haven" trial, as the landmark case was known internationally, was momentous among the radical left, bringing the support of luminaries such as novelist James Baldwin and playwright Jean Genet. Acquitted of all charges in 1971, Carter-Hilliard served as an outspoken fundraiser for prisoner rights and the Black Panther legal defense fund. Further, her advocacy of women's issues coupled with her leadership position as a Black Panther woman member provides Carter-Hilliard with a distinctive background.

Topics addressed include:

  1. Women and gender issues in the Black Panther Party

  2. Women in prison and women in the prison movement

  3. FBI counter-intelligence programs (COINTELPRO)