Remembering King and Bobby Hutton


On this day, forty years ago, Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, TN as he spoke out in support of striking sanitation workers. The SF Chronicle has run an interesting article imagining what King would be up to if he were still alive.

However, I want to take some time out to recognize a person who will not receive as much attention on this day as Dr. King. Bobby Hutton, or “L’il Bobby” as he was called, was the youngest member of the Black Panthers at the age of 16, and one of its first members. Bobby was assassinated by the Oakland Police Department three days after King’s death. What the FBI and the rest of the state’s agents will not ever tell us is how influential the Black Panthers were in keeping the streets of Oakland calm following King’s death, as the rest of the inner city’s in the country erupted in violent uprisings, symbolic of the frustration, anger and grief of having one of the greatest human rights leaders the world has ever seen stolen from us.

SleptOn has run a great article commemorating the sacrifice of Bobby Hutton and some more background on his death.

We have not forgotten you, brother. Power to the people.


2 responses to “Remembering King and Bobby Hutton

  1. “If I could recollect before my hood days / I sit and reminisce, thinkin of bliss on the good days / I stop and stare at the younger / my heart goes to ’em, they tested with stress that they under / and nowadays things changed / everyone’s ashamed of the youth cause the truth looks strange / and for me it’s reversed / we left ’em with a world that’s cursed, and it – hurts / ’cause any day they’ll push the button / and all come in LIKE MALCOLM X & BOBBY HUTTON DIED FOR NOTHIN’ / don’t it make you get teary, the world looks dreary / when you wipe your eyes, see it clearly / there’s no need for you to fear me / if you take your time and hear me, maybe you can learn to cheer me / it ain’t about black or white cause we ‘re human / I hope we see the light before it’s ruined…”

    -Tupac Shakur

    R.I.P. to all the fallen leaders destroyed by Amerikkka’s oppressors. Great post.

    Power to the PEOPLE, indeed.

  2. Keep that revolutionary Yay Area spirit alive, brother.

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