Stokley Carmicheal’s Landmark Speech “Free Huey” Reissued Today By Motown’s Black Forum Label
Today marks the 55th anniversary of the founding of the Black Panther Party. Motown Records’ Black Forum label reissued Stokely Carmichael’s “Free Huey“. Carmichael (who later adopted the name Kwame Ture) was of the most popular and influential leaders of the Black Power movement. He delivered the “Free Huey” speech in February 1968 at the Oakland Auditorium in Oakland, CA.
Thousands gathered to celebrate the birthday of Huey P. Newton and call for his freedom. Newton, a co-founder of the BPP, was in a cell at a nearby courthouse, accused of the fatal shooting of a police officer. The event also coincided with the BPP’s new partnership with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC).
Black Forum originally released Free Huey in 1970. The year Newton’s conviction was reversed. Download / stream Free Huey HERE.