Stokely Carmichael’s ‘Free Huey’ Reissued By Motown Records’ Black Forum Label

*The Following Press Release Was Issued By Capitol Music Group*


Landmark 1968 Speech Called For The Release Of Imprisoned Huey P. Newton

Newton Co-Founded Black Panther Party 55 Years Ago
On the 55th anniversary of the founding of the Black Panther Party (BPP) – Motown Records’ Black Forum label reissued Stokely Carmichael’s Free Huey. One of the most popular and influential leaders of the Black Power movement, Carmichael (who later adopted the name Kwame Ture) delivered the speech in February 1968 at the Oakland Auditorium in Oakland, CA. Thousands had gathered to celebrate the birthday of Huey P. Newton and call for his freedom. Newton, a co-founder of the BPP, was in a cell at a nearby courthouse, accused of the fatal shooting of a police officer. The event also coincided with the BPP’s new partnership with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC).

“Tonight, we have to talk about several things,” Carmichael began. “We’re here to celebrate brother Huey P. Newton’s birthday. We’re not here to celebrate it as Huey Newton the individual, but as Huey Newton part and parcel of black people wherever we are on the world today…And so, in talking about brother Huey Newton tonight, we have to talk about the struggle of black people, not only in the United States, but in the world today and how he becomes part and parcel of that struggle, how we move on so that our people will survive America.”

Black Forum originally released Free Huey in 1970 – the year Newton’s conviction was reversed. Download / stream Free Huey HERE.

Motown Records was founded to provide Black artists and executives space to pursue their personal dreams through music and sound. But as a label birthed in community, Motown has always deeply understood that achieving Black dreams has always been about something more significant than a single individual. Thus, in 1970, Motown established Black Forum to be where the collective dreams of Black communities were pursued, protected and given permanence.

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