History August 09, 2019 at 03:00 pm

5 things you didn’t know about Huey Newton, the radical founder of the Black Panther movement in 1966

Adom Tabbey-Botchwey | Contributor

Adom Tabbey-Botchwey August 09, 2019 at 03:00 pm

August 09, 2019 at 03:00 pm | History

He started off as a street criminal

Members of the Black Panther Party, stripped, handcuffed, and arrested after Philadelphia police raided the Panther headquarters, August, 1970. Credit: Courtesy of Urban Archives, Temple University

At the age of 14, Newton was arrested for vandalism. His teenage years were plagued with criminal offences, including gun possession. During the time that he was enrolled at Merritt College, he reportedly supported himself by burglarizing homes. While at Merritt, Newton studied law, allegedly to become a better criminal. His rise from a street criminal to a revolutionary leader, however, remains noteworthy along with his later academic pursuits.

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