Let me introduce Huey P. Newton (1942-1989), co-founder of the radical Black Panther Party. Born in Monroe, Louisiana and raised in Oakland, California. Don’t be scared brothers and sisters. I’m not a radical revolutionary. I’m just a reserved, humble and peaceful man from Gothenburg, a seaport in Sweden. I do find the life and the teachings of Huey P. Newton very interesting though. Two of the books I brought with me to Indonesia are about Huey P. Newton. They are called To Die for the People and The Huey P. Newton Reader. They have kept me company here in Jakarta like good friends. If you are interested in knowing more about the Black revolutionary Huey P. Newton and the history of a social movement. Read them!
A Huey P. Newton Story is a one-man play performed on stage by actor Roger Guenveur Smith that film director Spike Lee later made it into an award-winning film. Newton wasn’t know to be a great speecher. He spoke with a strange voice and often appeared shy. Roger Guenveur Smith perfectly captures Newtons shyness, his
lack of charisma and nervous body movements but also agressive nature. People that knew the Black revolutionary has said that Guenveur Smith did a great job at portraying Newton. I really love this film by Spike Lee. I have seen it many times and I suggest you see it too.