Robert George Seale was born on October 22, 1936 in Dallas, Texas where, from the age of six, he was raised by his father to be a carpenter-builder and a hunter-fisherman. During WWII, the family migrated to Northern California where Bobby graduated from Berkeley High with plans of becoming an architect.
The next year, while working the night shift, full-time in the aerospace industry, Bobby attended Merritt College as an Engineering Design major. It was during this period of his life that he would meet Huey Newton and develop a passion for grassroots organizing and progressive politics.
The two of them decided to create a grass roots community-based organization. On October 15, 1966, they founded the Black Panthers, outlining the new political party's 10-Point Platform, and naming Bobby its Chairman, and Huey its Minister of Defense, after flipping a coin.
Below was a poignant speech in Black American History.
What is sad is why are some of these "same" conditions happening today?