Bobby Seale shares personal history and encourages student activism Twitter
Story by Sydney Edelson ’19, photos by Clay Wegrzynowicz
Bobby Seale, African-American activist and co-founder and national chairman of the Black Panther Party, addressed a crowd in Colton Chapel Feb. 12 as Lafayette’s Black History Month keynote speaker. Seale shared the backstory of how he and Huey Newton formed the political party in 1966, which aimed to “decrease apathy and increase consciousness.” The Black Panthers deviated from the nonviolent civil rights movement, taking a militant approach. Over time, Seale became more moderate and worked to spur social change within the system. Here are highlights from his speech.