To Die for the People

Huey P. Newton

Driven by an uncompromising social conscience made explicit by its title, To Die for the People is a selection of writings and speeches of Black Panther Party co-founder Huey P. Newton. Originally published in 1972, its texts range in date from 1967 to 1972 and cover a wide range of topics: the Party, Black America, White America and the Third World. Firm in the belief that political enlightenment can only occur incrementally—”We realized at a very early point in our development that revolution is a process”—Newton’s vision is at once pragmatic, personal and speculative. One gets the sense from these writings that Newton was motivated by this most basic and humane of principles—at times, paradoxically, in spite of himself. Mandatory reading for anyone interested in the ongoing African-American struggle for equality. MDG

Publisher: Writers and Readers
Paperback: 233 pages