Black history observances feature civil rights leader

Bobby Seale once tried to organize a 'power to the people' revolution.
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -- Bobby Seale, civil rights activist and former chairman of the Black Panther Party, will headline activities during Black History Month at Slippery Rock University.
Seale, who was a co-founder of the Black Panthers in 1966, will speak at 8 p.m. Wednesday in the University Union.
Seale was also one of the original "Chicago Eight" charged with conspiracy and inciting to riot in the wake of the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago and was sentenced to four years in prison for contempt of court for his courtroom outbursts.
While in prison, he wrote, "Seize the Time: The Story of the Black Panther Party and Huey P. Newton."
As a leader of the Black Panthers, he advocated the right to self-defense and attempted to organize a "power to the people" revolution.
The Black Panthers worked to provide free breakfast programs for children, free bus service for senior citizens, medical health care, cooperative housing and a number of free food programs.
In 2002, Seale began dedicating his time to Reach!, a group focused on youth education programs.
Other campus activities marking Black History Month include:
Lee Jones, president and executive editor of InSpire Magazine, will speak at 6 p.m. Monday in University Union. His topic will be "Earning Our Way."
"Untold Story of Emmett Till" at 7 p.m. Thursday in University Union. Till's 1955 murder galvanized the civil rights movement.
February Fest from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday in University Union.
"Soul Lounge" at 9 p.m. Saturday in University Union.
The "Ebony Ball" at 6 p.m. Feb. 14 in University Union.
"A Place at the Table" at 1 p.m. Feb. 20 in University Union.
"Black Jeopardy," a quiz competition, at 5 p.m. Feb. 21 in University Union.
"The Essence of Beauty," a personal-care showcase, at 7 p.m. Feb. 22 in University Union.
Mardi Gras Celebration featuring Afrika Yetu, an African musical group, from 9 p.m. to midnight Feb. 23 in Carruth Rizza Hall.
"Young Investors in America" at 7 p.m. Feb. 27 in University Union.

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