Original 'Free Huey' poster announcing a march from Merritt College (where Huey Newton had earned an associate in arts degree and been active in the Afro-American Association) to the Oakland (Alameda County) Courthouse on 15th July, 1968. BLACK PANTHERS.

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Original 'Free Huey' poster announcing a march from Merritt College (where Huey Newton had earned an associate in arts degree and been active in the Afro-American Association) to the Oakland (Alameda County) Courthouse on 15th July, 1968.

57x44.5cm. Printed offset-litho in black on white paper stock, illustrated with a photo-based image of Newton (a visual echo of Korda's iconic photograph of an earlier martyr, Che Guevara) in (Vietcong) powder blue.

After Newton was arrested and charged in October 1967 with the murder of an Oakland policeman, the 'Free Huey' campaign's famous slogan became a rallying cry for both the Black Panther Party he co-founded and Berkeley's New Left, elevating him to mythic status. The BPP held a sequence of rallies in the Bay Area in mid-July 1968, peaking on the 15th, the opening day of the trial, when the FBI noted that 1500 people gathered outside the courthouse. The San Francisco Chronicle estimated that twice as many were present, chanting 'Free Huey' in an 'awesome outburst' of popular sentiment that was met with a police baton charge in an effort to clear the vicinity.

Newton was convicted with the lesser charge of voluntary manslaughter in September 1968 and sentenced from two to fifteen years in prison. The California Court of Appeals reversed his conviction in 1970, and this reversal was affirmed by the state Supreme Court. Newton was subsequently released from prison, and two new trials ended in hung juries. He was murdered in Oakland in August 1989 by Tyrone Robinson, a member of the prison and street gang, the Black Guerrilla Family.

Old corner pinholes, with slight surface wear and a few tiny nicks along lower edge, o/w a Very Good plus example of this rare poster.

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