Join us for a special conversation with members of the Dr. Huey P. Newton Foundation
and learn more about their important initiatives to preserve the history and legacy of the Black Panther Party and Huey P. Newton. Hear Fredrika Newton, President of the Dr.Huey P. Newton Foundation, Xavier Buck, Deputy Director, and Damien McDuffie, Director of Brand Strategy and Archives, in conversation about the commemorative art piece made to honor Huey P. Newton’s activism and the international impact he had around the world, which started so vibrantly in Oakland.
This event is part of Virtual Wednesdays, a weekly YouTube broadcast bringing you unique viewpoints exploring diversity, resilience, and creative spirit in the arts as we aim to reframe our exhibitions and collections. View upcoming Virtual Wednesdays programs.
About the Dr. Huey P. Newton Foundation
The Mission of the Dr. Huey P. Newton Foundation is to preserve and promulgate the history, ideals, and legacy of the Black Panther Party and its founder Dr. Huey P. Newton. In prior years they have developed and distributed educational materials, established educational conferences and forums, and maintained and exhibited historical archives.
About the Speakers
Fredrika Newton is a former member of the Black Panther Party, and the widow of its co-founder, Dr. Huey P. Newton. In 1995, she co-founded the Dr. Huey P. Newton Foundation to preserve and promulgate the history, ideals, and legacy of the Black Panther Party. Through that mission and under Fredrika’s stewardship, the Foundation developed multiple programs and events, as well as maintained and exhibited historical archives. Most recently, the Foundation has instituted its new public history vision. In February 2021, Fredrika had a street renamed for Huey, Dr. Huey P Newton Way, in West Oakland, and on the 55th Anniversary of the founding of the Black Panther Party, October 24, 2021, a bronze bust of Huey will go up on that street near where he took his last breath. Fredrika is also working with the National Park Service to create a monument for the Party that will include a museum, a public art piece, and visitor center.
Xavier Buck is the Deputy Director of the Dr. Huey P. Newton Foundation and leads their initiatives to develop the Black Panther Party Memorial Installation & Visitors Museum. He has worn many hats as a Ph.D. candidate in history at UC Berkeley, a policy fellow at several public and private organizations, and a research consultant. Since Xavier joined the Foundation, they have raised over $400,000 and developed strategic partnerships with philanthropies, community-based organizations, and tech companies.
Damien McDuffie is the Archives and Brand Strategy Director for the Dr. Huey P. Newton Foundation. He is primarily responsible for community engagement, curating exhibits, and developing virtual and augmented reality curriculums. Inspired by his Foundation work, he founded Black Terminus AR, an augmented reality platform for Black art and the Black cultural archive that tells narratives rooted in the rich history of the Black experience. Damien earned his MFA from Columbia University and is a classically trained writer, multiplatform storyteller, and lover of Oakland.
No registration required. Free online event.