In Conversation: Fredrika Newton + Lynnee Denise on the Cultural Resonance of Dr. Huey P. Newton
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Fredrika & Dr. Huey P. Newton
Join Fredrika Newton in a conversation with DJ scholar Lynnee Denise on love, survival, and healing. Ms. Newton is the thought partner and widow of Dr. Huey P. Newton, one of the most influential revolutionaries of the 20th century. The conversation touches on her challenges, her healing, and her triumphs as a complex human being living within her own unique circumstances. The conversation opens with a musical essay and archival slideshow curated by DJ Lynnée Denise, archivist Lisbet Tellefsen, and MATATU art director Julie Munsayac.
This program is presented in collaboration with the Dr. Huey P. Newton Foundation and MATATU performative think tank in support of Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power 1963–1983.
Fredrika Newton was introduced to the young political icon, Dr. Huey P. Newton, in 1970 by her mother, Arlene Slaughter, a housing activist and real estate agent for the Black Panther Party. Soon after their meeting, Newton elected to join the Black Panther Party where she served as a teacher in the Samuel Napier Youth Institute, helped establish the George Jackson Free Medical Clinic, and briefly worked on the Black Panther Party Newspaper. She and Dr.Newton were married several years later and lived together until he was killed in 1989. As the president of the Dr. Huey P. Newton Foundation, which she co-founded with David Hilliard, Newton works to preserve and promulgate the history, ideals, and legacy of Dr. Newton and the Black Panther Party. Newton is currently working with the Oakland Mayor’s Office towards a prominently placed historical monument, a series of plaques located throughout the city, and a touring (and permanent) museum to commemorate the Black Panther Party’s historical legacy.
Lynnée Denise’s work on DJ Scholarship has been featured at prestigious institutions such as the Broad Museum, the Tate Modern, Savvy Contemporary Gallery Berlin, Goldsmiths University of London, Iziko South African Museum, Stanford, Yale, NYU, and Princeton University. Her writing has been featured in the Los Angeles Review of Books, The Black Scholar Journal, The Journal of Popular Music Studies, and as part of anthologies including Women Who Rock, and Outside the XY: Queer Black and Brown Masculinity. She’s was a lecturer at California State University’s Pan African Studies Department and the Chicano Studies Department for four academic years 2015–2019.
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Free Saturdays admission is generously underwritten by Diane B. Wilsey and programming is supported by Kaiser Permanente.