Huey P. NewtonHuey P. Newton (February 17, 1942 - August 22, 1989) was a controversial African American political activist.
Newton was the founder of the Black Panther Party, although he was sometimes called the co-founder, along with Bobby Seale. He remained leader of the Party until 1973 when he fled to Cuba to avoid facing trial for the murder of a prostitute. He chose Elaine Brown to replace him.
Newton's Autobiography, Revolutionary Suicide, was published in 1973.
Newton died in Oakland at the age of 47 after being shot by a drug dealer.