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Local Voices S3 E3: Dr. Huey P. Newton Foundation

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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. Over 25 years since the founding of the Foundation, they have a new public history vision that includes a monument, pop-up exhibit, and museum all dedicated to the Black Panther Party. 

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. 

Learn more about the Dr.Huey P.Newton Foundation’s initiatives.

Photos #1-3 by Amir Aziz for the Oakland Newspaper. Courtesy of Dr. Huey P. Newton Foundation
Photo #4, Huey Memorial Bust. Photography by AK Sandu. Courtesy of Dr. Huey P. Newton Foundation

About Local Voices

Local Voices is a new podcast series from the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco designed to celebrate art and Bay Area creativity. Local Voices highlights unique perspectives from Bay Area visual artists, musicians, scholars, community leaders, and thinkers aimed to reframe exhibitions and collections through relevant and local narratives. Through these diverse access points, we welcome the Bay Area community and beyond to engage in meaningful and inspiring narratives.