Huey P. Newton And The Human Rights Movement

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Human rights are the basic rights and freedoms to which all citizens are considered entitled the right to life, liberty, freedom of thought and expression, and equal treatment before the law and the government, among others. Human rights are important in the relationships that exist between individuals and the government that has power over them. These human rights are necessary to guarantee equality and justice to all citizens. Sometimes, human rights are violated or limited to a few. Therefore, it is essential to preserve them and to make sure they are available to all. Many individuals have dedicated their lives and are known as defenders of human rights. These people have put their lives in danger and have died in…show more content…
Newton. He was an African-American activist, best known for founding the militant Black Panther Party with Bobby Seale in 1966. Dr. Newton was born in Monroe, Louisiana on February 17, 1942 and was named after former governor Huey P. Long. In the mid 1960’s, Dr. Newton decided to pursue his education at Merritt College, during which time he received a month long prison term for assault, and later attended San Francisco School of Law. It was there where he met Bobby Seale. A famous picture shows Dr. Newton, holding a gun in one hand and a speaker in the other. Dr. Newton formed the Black Panther Party. Unlike many of the other social and political organizers during that time, they took a more militant stance to the unfortunate situation of the black communities in America. They created the 10 Point-Program, which called for better housing, jobs and education for African Americans, an end to economic exploitation of black communities, along with military exemption. They wanted to improve life in the black communities and took a stance against police brutality by mostly white cops. Dr. Newton was fatally shot by a black guerrilla family member, Tyrone Robinson, on August 22, 1989. His last words before being shot 2 times in the head were: “You can kill my body, and you can take my life, but you can never take my soul. My soul will live…show more content…
These human rights guarantee equal access and justice to all citizens. When these rights are violated or limited to a few, it is necessary to fight to preserve them and to make them available to all. This is why people like Huey P. Newton, Bobby Seale, Che Guevara, and Nelson Mandela dedicated their lives to defend all human rights. Their lives are an example for all

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