Who was Bobby Hutton and why did his death affect the Party so deeply--
Who was Bobby Hutton and why did his death affect the Party so deeply?
Ah, Bobby Hutton was the, ah, ah, first member of the Black Panther Party. Ah, he was recruited at the North Oakland Service Center in, ah, October '66. He, I believe he was 15 at the time. He was our first recruit and we made him treasurer. And, ah, he was like, ah, ah, my little brother that I'd never had. And, ah, he was like, he was the inspiration of the Party. Because the Party was very youth oriented. And, ah, while he worked at the, ah, ah, North Oakland Service Center we tutored him and politicized him. And, ah, until he was, ah, killed, that, ah, ah, I really couldn't imagine, not really imagine any of our Party members being murdered. Ah, even though, that I knew that that risk took place. Ah, I was in the county jail at the time of his murder. This was the day that Martin Luther, Martin Luther King was assassinated. And, after he was killed then it was like the, it, I felt that anyone in the Party, I felt the Party vulnerable. So he was a, a, very loved as a youth in the Party and as, and as our first member.