The Black Panther Ministry of Information Bulletin No. 1. Emeryville Branch, Oakland, CA: nd. (January 1968).
Single sheet, printed on both sides. 28x21.9cm. Illustrated with a b/w photograph of Huey P. Newton.
The newsletter mentions Huey Newton’s upcoming appearance at the Alameda County Courthouse, Oakland on January 16 and the rally planned on the front steps of the courthouse to coincide with it, and Stokely Carmichael’s visit to the Oakland Auditorium on February 17.
Held on Newton’s birthday, the latter event turned out to be one of the largest ‘Free Huey’ rallies, with over 5000 people attending, including H. Rap Brown, Bobby Seale, Eldridge Cleaver, the BPP’s civil rights attorney Charles Garry, and Stokely Carmichael, who opened his speech by suggesting a celebration of Huey Newton’s birthday not “as Huey Newton the individual, but as Huey Newton, part and parcel of Black people wherever we are on the world today.” He ended his speech with the words: “All we say: brother Huey will be set free, OR ELSE.”