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Sat, 04.06.1968

Black Panther Activist Murdered

Bobby Hutton

On this date in 1968, in west Oakland, Bobby Hutton, 17 years old, was shot dead by Oakland police.

In a 90-minute gun battle, the unarmed Hutton (one of the original Black Panthers) was shot ten times after his home was set on fire, and he was forced to run into the streets and an imminent barrage of bullets.

Two days earlier, Dr. Martin L. King Jr. was assassinated after rethinking his own non-violence doctrine.

Reference:

PBS.org

NPR.org

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