Larry Pinkney was quoted in a December 20, 1968 (Friday) San Francisco Examiner article entitled ‘Seizure of Power Goal,’ Poly Blacks Told, Page 8
By Larry Dum

Excerpts from the article:

“Our goal is the seizure of power,” the black students gathered in Polytechnic High School music auditorium were told last night…

This was the first of a planned series of meetings to inform black high school students in the Bay Area of the revolutionary black philosophy. San Francisco State College – and its violence-ridden student strike – were chief among the topics.

The youngsters applauded repeatedly.

…The listeners at the meeting were about 100 young blacks, mostly Poly students, spokesmen said.

Larry Pinkney, identified as the former BSU chairman at City College, told of his group’s drive to get an Afro-American section in the school’s library:

“We learned our lesson from that. We learned that you don’t verbalize and dialogue; or demand. You act. And you do. And you accomplish. And you progress.”

There were more than a dozen speakers in all…

PACT spokesman said the speakers lineup cinsisted (sic) of “presidents of all college Black Students Unions in the Bay Area.”


For more information see Larry Pinkney’s article, The San Francisco State Strike: Students at City College of San Francisco, and the Impact of the Black Panther Party

Larry Pinkney is a veteran of the Black Panther Party, the former Minister of Interior of the Republic of New Africa, a former political prisoner and the only American to have successfully self-authored his civil/political rights case to the United Nations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. In connection with his political organizing activities, Pinkney was interviewed in 1988 on the nationally televised PBS News Hour, formerly known as The MacNeil/Lehrer News Hour, and more recently on the nationally syndicated Alex Jones Show. Pinkney is a former university instructor of political science and international relations, and his writings have been published in various places, including The Boston Globe, San Francisco BayView newspaper, Black Commentator, Intrepid Report, Global Research (Canada), LINKE ZEITUNG (Germany), 107 Cowgate (Ireland and Scotland), and Mayihlome News (Azania/South Africa). He is in the archives of Dr. Huey P. Newton (Stanford University, CA), cofounder of the Black Panther Party. For more about Larry Pinkney see the book, Saying No to Power: Autobiography of a 20th Century Activist and Thinker, by William Mandel [Introduction by Howard Zinn]. (Click here to read excerpts from the book.)


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