Remember Black Panther Party co-founder Bobby Seale? He's still around and he's still got plenty to say.Breaking News
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April 4, 2017 is the 49th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, and his fight for justice influenced many across various black political movements, including the Black Panther Party.
Bobby Seale, co-founder the Black Panther Party of Self Defense, addressed the Tacoma community Tuesday evening at the University of Washington in Tacoma.
King was a jolt for Seale, who says King inspired him to jump into the civil rights movement. In 1966, Seale co-founded the Black Panther Party along with Huey P. Newton.
Tacoma Bureau Chief Jenna Hanchard sat down with him before his speech.
KING 5’s Jenna Hanchard: Tell me about the impact Dr. King had on you.
Bobby Seale: He came to speak in the San Francisco Bay Area around 1963 and he said all across America Wonder Bread was not hiring any people of color. He went on to say in his eloquence, “I say we have to boycott them, and we have to boycott them so consistently and so profoundly we’re going to make Wonder Bread wonder where the money went.” That excited me and the entire crowd. That evolved into me quitting my job and then working in the grassroots community.
K5: As a call to end violence on black people at the hands of police, the Black Panthers started off patrolling police officers in California. How did police officers respond when you and Hughy P Newton were patrolling police?
Seale: When the police says, “You have no right to observe me,” we said, “No, California State Supreme Court ruling says that every citizen has a right to stand and observe a police officer carrying out their duty as long as they stand a reasonable distance away. A reasonable distance away. A reasonable distance in that particular ruling constitutes as eight to 10 feet. I’m standing approximately 20 feet from you, and we will observe you whether you like it or not.” And some sister on the sidewalk said, “Well go head on and tell it brother!”
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