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Co-Founder of The Black Panther Party Huey P. Newton Was a Member of Phi Beta Sigma

Were you aware that Huey P. Newton was a member of Phi Beta Sigma?

While studying at Merritt College in Oakland, Newton became involved in politics before joining the Afro-American Association. In addition, he became a prominent member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., via Beta Tau Chapter, and played a role in getting the first African-American history course adopted as part of the college’s curriculum.

During his time at Merritt College, he organized the Black Panther Party for Self Defense in October 1966. Under Newton’s leadership, the Black Panther Party founded over 60 community programs. These programs included food banks, medical clinics, housing cooperates, prison busing for families of inmates, legal advice seminars, clothing banks, sickle cell anemia tests, and ambulance services.

Huey P Newton’s legacy is etched into history and many people still practice his teachings till this day.

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