ActivismNewsSF Bay Area

Oakland Names Street After Huey Newton, Co-Founder of the Black Panthers

The Bay's best newsletter for underground events & news

by Keith Burbank

Three blocks of a West Oakland street were named Wednesday morning for a co-founder of the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense.

The street sign for Dr. Huey P. Newton Way, in honor of the late activist, was unveiled on Ninth Street near Mandela Parkway.

Numerous people attended the gathering including Newton’s widow Fredrika Newton and newly elected Oakland City Councilmember Carroll Fife.

“This place is both darkness and light,” Fredrika Newton told a crowd of perhaps 100 people who gathered to see the unveiling.

Huey Newton took his last breath nearby in 1989, when he was shot by Tyrone Robinson. On this day in 1942, Huey Newton was born.

Fredrika Newton is now the president of the Dr. Huey P. Newton Foundation, which seeks to preserve and promote the history, ideals, and legacy of the Black Panther Party.

A section of 9th Street in West Oakland, California has been renamed Huey P. Newton Way. Newton was an African-American who, along with fellow Merritt College student Bobby Seale, co-founded the Black Panther Party. (Photo courtesy of the Dr. Huey P Newton Foundation)

She initiated Wednesday’s street-naming, which was carried forward to the City Council.

In October, for the 55th anniversary of the founding of the Black Panther Party, a bronze bust of Huey Newton will be unveiled at the head of the street that was named for him Wednesday morning.

Work is also underway to create a Black Panther Party monument in Oakland like the Rosie the Riveter monument in Richmond. The foundation has received $100,000 per year for two years toward the monument, a museum and the archival of The Black Panther newspaper, the foundation announced in June.

“This is a very special holiday,” Fife said, and challenged the crowd to work for change in the city.

The bronze of Newton is being created by sculptor Dana King, who on Wednesday said, “The Panthers were about people.”

“Huey is coming home for the people,” she said.

The Black Panther Party was founded in 1966 in Oakland by Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale.

Newton was fatally shot by Robinson, a member of the group Black Guerilla Family. Robinson was convicted of murder in 1991 and sentenced to 32 years in prison.

Copyright � 2021 by Bay City News, Inc. — Republication, Rebroadcast or any other Reuse
without the express written consent of Bay City News, Inc. is prohibited.

Like this article? Make sure to sign up for our mailing list so you never miss a goddamn thing!
Previous post

The Bold, Abstract, Portraits of Messy Beck in SF

Next post

What I Learned from Organizing a Rent Strike

Bay City News

Bay City News

Bay City News Service journalists work around the clock to report on breaking news, traffic, weather, disasters, public events, crime, courts, government decisions, newsmakers and the local issues that matter to the San Francisco Bay Area’s nearly 8 million residents. The company is independent and locally-owned, supported by subscribers.

1 Comment

  1. February 23, 2021 at 11:27 pm

    Thats awesome to name street for people or agency. Need more such street to commemorate history.