Thirty Years Since Huey P. Newton: His Legacy as a Husband, Soul Mate & Father

Oakland, CA – The African American Museum & Library at Oakland (AAMLO) announces a public conversation on Saturday, August 17 (2 p.m. - 4 p.m.) ahead of the thirtieth anniversary of the death of the slain political icon, Dr. Huey P. Newton (February 17, 1942 – August 22, 1989). The program – created collaboratively with the performative think tank, MATATU – is free and will take place at AAMLO (659 14th St.) in downtown Oakland.

Fredrika Newton, widow of the late activist and president of the Dr. Huey P. Newton Foundation and Zoé Samudzi, writer and MATATU archivist, will lead the public conversation. MATATU is a performative think tank that shuttles local audiences to global destinations via art house experiences.

Together with Bobby Seale, Huey Newton co-founded the Black Panther Party for Self Defense (BPP) in 1966 while a student at Merritt College in Oakland. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of California-Santa Cruz in 1974 and a Ph.D. in social philosophy in 1980. In August 1989, he was shot to death in West Oakland in the very neighborhood where he began his outreach work with the BPP.

Picture of Fredrika Newton on left; Zoe Samudzi on right.Pictured: Fredrika Newton (left) and Zoé Samudzi (right)

While many reflect on Dr. Newton’s many contributions and political legacy as a public figure, Mrs. Newton and Ms. Samudzi will bring focus to the little-discussed dimensions of his private life as a husband, partner, and father. As president of the Foundation, Fredrika Newton, who was married to and lived with Huey until his 1989 death, works to preserve and promulgate the history, ideals, and legacy of the BPP and Huey P. Newton through development and distribution of educational materials, the establishment of educational conferences and forums, and the maintenance of historical archives.

Zoé Samudzi is a writer, photographer, and sociologist. A believer in the archive as a living organism, her doctoral thesis seeks to challenge genocide exceptionalism and understand Germany’s “race war” against Namibians (1904-1908) as foundational to the subsequent Nazi race war in Europe (1937-1945). Samudzi’s work has appeared in The New InquiryVersoROAR MagazineDaily BeastBroadly, and other publications. Samudzi is a doctoral candidate in sociology at the University of California – San Francisco and works as an archivist for MATATU.

What: “Thirty Years Since Dr. Huey P. Newton: His Legacy as Husband, Soul Mate & Father”
When: Saturday, August 17, 2019; 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Where: AAMLO (659 14th St. Oakland, CA 94612)

African American Museum and Library at Oakland Features Writer Clifford L. Williams Reading from His New Novel, “Pimps to Pops: A Journey to Fatherhood”, Aug. 24

On Saturday, August 24 at 1:00 p.m., Oakland-based journalist Clifford L. Williams will read excerpts from his new novel, “Pimps to Pops: A Journey to Fatherhood,” which explores how a conference on parenthood transformed boys to men. Williams, a father of four and grandfather to six, has worked extensively in the field of public, media, and community relations. He says, “My writings on fatherhood are based on personal experiences, as well as interviews and interactions with other father figures.”

Following the reading, Williams will engage in a question/answer session with the audience, then a book-signing. Copies of the book will be available for purchase on site.

What: “Pimps to Pops: A Journey to Fatherhood”
When: Saturday, August 24, 2019; 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Where: AAMLO (659 14th St. Oakland, CA 94612)

The African American Museum and Library at Oakland (AAMLO) is dedicated to the discovery, preservation, interpretation and sharing of historical and cultural experiences of African Americans in California and the West for present and future generations. The archives include over 160 collections documenting prominent families, pioneers, churches, social and political organizations. AAMLO has a unique non-circulating reference library for researchers, students and anyone interested in African American history, in addition to a second-floor museum that regularly hosts traveling and original exhibitions exp[loring the art, history and culture of African Americans. Highlights of AAMLO's collections include the Ronald V. Dellums Congressional Papers, the Oakland Post Photograph Collection documenting African American politicians, entertainers, athletes and community leaders from the Bay Area during the 1960s, '70s, and 80's, studio portraits of Oaklanders by the photographer E.F. Joseph, and the papers of Oakland cartoonist and illustrator Morrie TurnerLocated at 659 14th St., AAMLO is housed in the former Charles S. Greene Library, a historic 1902 Carnegie building.

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