Dr. Huey P. Newton Way dedicated on West Oakland’s 9th Street

OAKLAND — On what would have been former Black Panther Party co-founder Huey P. Newton’s 79th birthday, a section of a West Oakland street now bears his name.

Fredrika Newton, widow of Newton, attended a dedication ceremony Wednesday morning at the corner of Mandela Parkway and 9th Street, just a block from where he was gunned down in 1989.

“When it comes to Huey, this place is both darkness and light for me,” she said. “There is sorrow, for this is the block that he died, and that is darkness. And today, there is light.”

Other former party members in attendance included Ericka Huggins, former director of the Oakland Community School, Elaine Brown, Saturu Ned, Katherine Campbell and Sister Jamila Rasheed. Newton co-founded the party with Bobby Seale and Elbert Howard in 1966.

OAKLAND, CA – FEBRUARY 17: Fredrika Newton, widow of former Black Panther Party member Dr. Huey P. Newton, looks out at the crowd while speaking during the dedication of a section of 9th Street as “Dr. Huey P. Newton Way” in West Oakland, Calif., on Wednesday, February 17, 2021. Newton, a former member of the Black Panther Party, was shot and killed on the street in 1989. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group) 

Also at the dedication were Fred Hampton, Jr., son of former Panther Fred Hampton, who was killed by Chicago police in 1969, Oakland city Councilmembers Carroll Fife, Loren Taylor and former Councilmember Lynette Gibson McElhaney.

OAKLAND, CA – FEBRUARY 17: District 3 Councilmember Carroll Fife speaks during the dedication of a section of 9th Street as “Dr. Huey P. Newton Way” in West Oakland, Calif., on Wednesday, February 17, 2021. Newton, a former member of the Black Panther Party, was shot and killed on the street in 1989. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group) 

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Newton, an Oakland resident and founder and president of the Huey P. Newton Foundation, sought to have the street named after her late husband and activist, partly to let the world know that Oakland was the birthplace of the Black Panther Party. On Sunday, a mural dedicated to the women of the party was unveiled on the side of Jilchristina Vest’s home, yards from the spot where Newton took his last breath.

The foundation has commissioned sculptor and former TV journalist Dana King to create a bronze bust to be placed on Mandela Parkway at 9th Street.

OAKLAND, CA – FEBRUARY 17: Chairman Fred Hampton, Jr., center, gives a Black power salute during the dedication of a section of 9th Street as “Dr. Huey P. Newton Way” in West Oakland, Calif., on Wednesday, February 17, 2021. To the left is Fredrika Newton, widow of Newton, and to the right rear is Kieron Slaughter, Fredrika’s son. Newton, a former member of the Black Panther Party, was shot and killed on the street in 1989. Hampton’s father Fred Hampton, also a party member, was killed by police in Chicago in 1969. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group) 

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