Black Panther Party Founder to Speak at WSU

OGDEN, Utah – Bobby Seale, founder and chairman of the Black Panther Party, will speak at Weber State University at noon, Feb. 14 in the Shepherd Union Gallery.

Seale will present “History and Impact of the Black Panther Party,” in conjunction with WSU’s observation of Black History Month.

Seale rose to national prominence in the 1960s as a civil rights activist, who along with Dr. Huey P. Newton co-founded the Black Panther Party For Self Defense in 1966.

He was one of the original Chicago Eight defendants charged with conspiracy and inciting to riot in the wake of the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago. The judge in the case eventually sentenced him to four years in prison for contempt of court due to repeated outbursts and efforts to disrupt the trial. In 2002, Seale began dedicating his time to Reach!, a group that focuses on youth education programs.

The event, part of WSU’s Convocation Lecture Series, is free to the public. The presentation is co-sponsored by Delta Si Nu, Department of History, office of the Assistant to the President for Diversity and WSU Student Association.

ATTENTION REPORTERS & EDITORS: If you are interested in covering this event, please contact the office of Media Relations at 626-7212 or Student Activities at 626-7850 at least 24 hours before the event so we can reserve a seat for you and/or for a photographer. Thank you for your continuing coverage of WSU.

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Jose Gomez, assistant director of Student Involvement and Leadership

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John Kowalewski, director of Media Relations
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