Remembering A Fallen Rebel-Bobby-Hutton
Most of these people will never make the headlines and their names will not appear in Who’s Who. Yet when years have rolled past and when the blazing light of truth is focused on this marvelous age in which we live — men and women will know and children will be taught that we have a finer land, a better people, a more noble civilization — because these humble children of God were willing to suffer for righteousness’ sake. -Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Today is the birthday of Little Bobby Hutton- the first recruit to join the newly formed Black Panther Party for Self Defense. In December of 1966 he was only 16 years old when he became the first treasurer. On May 1967 he led a Black Panther march in Sacramento to protest against a new gun bill, The Mulford Act, Which made it illegal to carry guns in public. Lil’ Bobby Hutton was killed two days after the April 4th assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King,Jr.
“The Negro youth and moderate[s] must be made to understand that if they succumb to revolutionary teachings, they will be dead revolutionaries.” J. Edgar Hoover, FBI Director
On April 6, 1968 police opened fire on a car of Black Panthers returning from a meeting. The Panthers escaped their vehicle and ran into a West Oakland house. Several Black Panther members including Eldridge Cleaver were trapped in the house after trading gunfire for 90 minutes with police. The police threw a tear-gas canister into the basement that caught fire, forcing them to put down their guns and surrender. Bobby Hutton stripped off his clothes and walked out the house to show that he was unarmed and met a barrage of gunfire, shot more than a dozen times. He was seventeen years old. Police later admitted to shooting an unarmed Bobby. He is remembered as having a thirst for knowledge and even taught himself how to read. He had a serious demeanor and high sense of discipline. Bobby Hutton truly believed in the Black Panther Party and its principles and should be an example to youth today. He is to be remembered and celebrated for his sacrifice.