Interview with Bobby Seale conducted for Eyes on the Prize II. Topics include his founding of the Black Panther Party with Huey P. Newton in Oakland California, Fred Hampton, Black Power, his participation in the negotiations attempting to end the the 1971 Attica Prison uprising and rebellion in New York State, and his speech at the National Black Political Convention in Gary, Indiana in 1972.
Thanks to a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the original 16mm negative film were scanned and digitized to create 2K DPX files and the original 1/4" elements were digitized to create 24-bit 96kHz .wav files. The picture and audio were then reassembled at the Film & Media Archive.
Washington University in St. Louis
MAVIS Interview record: 172
Eyes on the Prize II
Bobby Seale co-founded and co-led the Black Panther Party with Huey P. Newton, and together they wrote the party’s Ten-Point Program. Prior to this, is he spent three years in the US Air Force but was discharged on bad behavior for fighting. He was one of the original "Chicago Eight" defendants charged with conspiracy to incite riots at the 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago. When denied his choice of attorney, he repeatedly spoke out until the judge ordered him bound and gagged. He was convicted of contempt of court, but the conviction was later reversed. He was later charged with the murder of George Sams Jr., a Black Panther suspected of being a police informer, but the trial ended with a hung jury.