BOBBY SEALE

Like the Black Panther Party itself, there are often many misconceptions made of Bobby Seale. Born in Dallas, Texas, on October 22, 1946, but growing up in Oakland, California and having undergone 3 years in the Air Force, Bobby Seale became one of the founding leaders of the Black Panther Party. However, he was not the aggressive, violent, and angry Panther he is often perceived as, but he was more soft-spoken, and like Huey Newton, very passionate about his beliefs. Also like Huey Newton, Bobby Seale followed the footsteps of their contemporaries, Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X, as Huey became his partner to lead the BPP. In 1968, Seale was charged as one of “The Chicago Eight”, being arrested for causing riots at the 1968 Democratic National Convention. When he was tried, he was tied up and gagged, and was sentenced to 4 years in prison. In 1973, he ran for mayor in Oakland, but came short in second our of nine candidates. He published his book Seize The Time in 1970, giving his account of the BPP and the times they faced. Today, Bobby Seale is still spreading a message to many people around the world, hoping that people of different cultures will learn to live in a state of mutual understanding. “I believe in a future world of decent human relationships. All power to the people.”