Bobby Seale was the co-founder of the Black Panther Party for Self Defense along with Huey P. Newton. After serving for three years in the US Air Force, he was court-martialed and received a bad conduct discharge. He soon entered Merritt College in Oakland, California where he met Newton. It was in October 1966 when Seale and Newton created the BPP and wrote the Ten-Point Program. Bobby speaking at Community Survival Conference
Over the course of his life, Seale was arrested multiple times, the most major charges being his involvement at the 1968 Democratic National Convention. In 1969, Seale was indicted in Chicago for conspiracy to incite riots. The court refused to allow him to have his choice of lawyer. When Seale continually rose to speak out for his constitutional rights, specifically to choose his own counsel, the judge ordered him bound and gagged. He was convicted of 16 counts of contempt and sentenced to four years in prison, which was later reversed. In 1970-71 he and a codefendant were tried for the 1969 murder of a Black Panther suspected of being a police informer. The six-month-long trial ended with a hung jury.

Bobby Seale continues today speaking of his involvement with the Black Panthers and is an advocate for civil rights and social change.
October 15, 1966
Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale draft the first version of the Ten-Point Program, which established the primary goals of the party.

May 2, 1967
Seale and 26 Black Panthers march on the State Capitol in Sacramento to protest the new gun bill and are arrested.

May 22, 1967
Seale attempts to bail Newton out of jail but is arrested himself under an 1887 law banning guns near jails.

February 25, 1968
Seale are arrested and charged with conspiracy to commit murder after a raid on their home; charges are later dropped for lack of evidence.

June 8, 1968
Seale convicted of previous charge on carrying a gun near a jail and receives 3 years probation.

August 16, 1968
Seale is in Chicago at the 1968 Democratic National Convention, speaking to crowds in protest. Seale is indicted and charged with planning riots and flees the US.

March 24, 1969
Seale returns to the US to face the planning riot charges.
Bobby Seale, Chairman & co-founder of the Black Panther Party
Bobby Seale

October 22, 1936, Dallas, Texas

Merritt College, Oakland, California

Chairman, Black Panther Party
CNN Cold War -
Interviews Bobby Seale

Testimony of Bobby Seale in the Chicago Conspiracy Trial

Bobby Seale Trial Sketches

Bobby Seale's website
Bobby Seale on Dealing with the Revolution, at the Huey Newton Birthday Rally in Oakland, February 17, 1968.

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