The task is to transform society; only the people can do that - not heroes, not celebrities, not stars.

— Huey Newton

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The revolution has always been in the hands of the young. The young always inherit the revolution.


Black Power is giving power to people who have not had power to determine their destiny.


Youths are passed through schools that don’t teach, then forced to search for jobs that don’t exist and finally left stranded in the street to stare at the glamorous lives advertised around them.


I think what motivates people is not great hate, but great love for other people.


We have two evils to fight, capitalism and racism. We must destroy both racism and capitalism.


You can jail a Revolutionary, but you can't jail the Revolution.


I do not expect the white media to create positive black male images.


The policemen or soldiers are only a gun in the establishments hand.

They make the racist secure in his racism.


You can kill my body, and you can take my life but you can never kill my soul.

My soul will live forever!


You can only die once, so do not die a thousand times worrying about it.


The racist dog policemen must withdraw immediately from our communities, cease their wanton murder and brutality and torture of black people, or face the wrath of the armed people.


The nature of a panther is that he never attacks.

But if anyone attacks or backs into a corner, the panther comes up to wipe that aggressor or that attacker out.


About Huey Newton

Quotes 77 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Activist
Birthday October 16

Too many so-called leaders of the movement have been made into celebrities and their revolutionary fervor destroyed by mass media. They become Hollywood objects and lose identification with the real issues. The task is to transform society; only the people can do that


Any unarmed people are slaves, or are subject to slavery at any given moment.


White America has seen to it that Black history has been suppressed in schools and in American history books. The bravery of hundreds of our ancestors who took part in slave rebellions has been lost in the mists of time, since plantation owners did their best to prevent any written accounts of uprisings.


My fear was not of death itself, but a death without meaning.


There's no reason for the establishment to fear me.

But it has every right to fear the people collectively - I am one with the people.


We have to realize our black heritage in order to give us strength to move on and progress. But as far as returning to the old African culture, it's unnecessary and it's not advantageous in many respects. We believe that culture itself will not liberate us. We're going to need some stronger stuff.


If you stop struggling, then you stop life.


The first lesson a revolutionary must learn is that he is a doomed man.


By surrendering my life to the revolution, I found eternal life


We [Panthers] have not said much about the homosexual at all, but we must relate to the homosexual movement because it is a real thing. And I know through reading, and through my life experience and observations that homosexuals are not given freedom and liberty by anyone in the society. They might be the most oppresed people in the society.


I do not think that life will change for the better without an assault on the Establishment, which goes on exploiting the wretched of the earth.


The reactionary suicide is ‘wise,’ and the revolutionary suicide is a ‘fool,’ a fool for the revolution in the way Paul meant when he spoke of being a ‘fool for Christ,’ That foolishness can move mountains of oppression; it is our great leap and our commitment to the dead and the unborn.


Sometimes if you want to get rid of the gun, you have to pick the gun up.


The United States can hide behind a facade simply because it is sucking the blood of other people...The Third World people: Africa, Asia and Latin America.


But before we die, how shall we live? I say with hope and dignity;

and if premature death is the result, that death has a meaning reactionary suicide can never have. It is the price of self-respect.


You can Jail a Revolutionary but you can't jail the Revolution.

You can run a freedom fighter around the country, but you can't run freedom fighting around the country. You can murder a liberator, but you can't murder liberation.


When you deal with a man, deal with his most valuable possession, his life.

There's play and there's the deep flow. I like to take things to the deep flow of play, because everything is a game, serious and nonserious at the same time. So play life like it's a game.


There will be no prison which can hold our movement down.


My fear was not of death itself, but a death without meaning.

I wanted my death to be something the people could relate to, a basis for further mobilization of the community.


Revolutionary suicide does not mean that I and my comrades have a death wish;

it means just the opposite.


When I was in the penitentiary after being accused of killing a policeman, I was more in the system in the penitentiary than ever.


The Cuban Revolutionary Government has been generous and very considerate to me and my family. I lived in Santa Clara for a few months because I wanted to work in the countryside and get to know the country better.


When I founded the party in 1966, I had just turned 24.

And each year, no, not each year, each day I live I've gained new experiences. Now the criticism is not to say the party did not play a positive part in those times, but, in order to be objective, we did not accomplish the things we set out to accomplish.


I worked in the mechanical factories repairing cement trucks.

The Cuban government wanted me to work in the university as a teacher in literature, but I declined because I wanted a more sense of the countryside.


The rest of the Third World people are seeing, that the country can make a real change. No changing or trading one master for another. The only real change would be to socialize the means of production and this is what's happening in Jamaica.


I am very happy here [on Cuba], but I feel I have work to do in the United States. It's where I can identify with the total world struggle for socialism. But I think as a North American, as a Black North American, I have certain understandings - certain contributions - to make that are unique to the North Amerian experience.


I expected to die. At no time before the trial did I expect to escape with my life. Yet being executed in the gas chamber did not necessarily mean defeat. It could be one more step to bring the community to a higher level of consciousness.


The first lesson a revolutionary must learn is that he is a doomed man.

Unless he understands this, he does not grasp the essential meaning of his life.


There is a very strong socialist movement in Jamaica.

I was in Jamaica years ago. All the talk, all day they talk politics. The literacy rate is very low. Everyone is so interested in politics, more than those who can read in the United States.


I wanted to leave high school in 1958 and join the Cuban revolution.

So the only reason I did not come to join [Fidel] Castro was because my mother would not let me. I was only 16.


What I'm really trying to say is that I believed an armed insurrection could work. After I was shot and went to prison, that ended that illusion. I had time to think.


Just before I left [Cuba], I was about to transfer to the university.

I had decided I had had enough experience in work in the manual areas. But then I got word from the United States that I could return...that my party had gathered enough information about the false charges that were against me for me to return to the United States.


We always had a central committee. They were mesmerized by Eldridge Cleaver.


I don't want people to think he [Eldridge Cleaver] is so important - our party is important because our party works for the people and no individual is important in our party, including myself.


I think it's wrong for North America in particular, the West in general to make a comparison between the economic situation in Cuba and the extraordinarily developed industrial complex of North America.


Cuba was neo-colony of the United States and still suffers a blockade.

So, therefore, the consumer goods and so forth, we don't have here, especially when you leave the city areas it's a spartan life. But what is impressive about it is what is coming about. It's the future that all these socialists look forward to.


I would like to add I'm innocent. I am not guilty.