1970 BOBBY SEALE PANTHERS (cover story in Ramparts Mag)


This is a June 1970 edition of Ramparts Magazine.  The cover says “They are planning to kill Bobby Seale” and shows a depiction of the electric chair on the cover.  Cover story is
Bobby Seale: His Own Story; Jean Genet on The Panthers.”

Bobby Seale and Huey P. Newton, heavily inspired by Malcolm X, a civil rights leader assassinated in 1965, and his teachings, joined together in October 1966 to create the Black Panthers, later known as the Black Panther Party for self-defense who adopted the slain activist’s slogan “Freedom by any means necessary” as their own. Seale and Newton created the Black Panther Party to resist police brutality and the murdering of blacks; using violence if necessary. Seale was known to have said that the Black Panthers didn’t carry guns unless authorized in a matter of self-defense. They weren’t looking for violence, but were willing to if that is what it came to. It is “an organization that represents black people and many white radicals relate to this and understand that the Black Panther Party is a righteous revolutionary front against this racist decadent, capitalistic system.” Seale became known as the chairman of the Black Panther Party and underwent FBI surveillance as part of its COINTELPRO program.