Mar 25, 2021 - Sale 2562

Sale 2562 - Lot 93

Price Realized: $ 3,750
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 3,000 - $ 4,000
(BLACK PANTHERS.) Free Huey Rally, Oakland Auditorium . . . Featuring Stokely Carmichael. Poster, 22 x 17 inches; minor staining on top and right edges. Oakland, CA, 17 February 1968

Additional Details

This poster advertised the first of many Free Huey rallies. It attracted a crowd of 5000 to Oakland Auditorium to hear Stokely Carmichael, Bobby Seale, Betty Shabazz, Eldridge Cleaver and H. Rap Brown (the latter two not named here). The famous portrait of Newton in the fan-backed chair is featured at center. The Oakland Tribune story on the rally the next day noted that "a wicker chair in which Newton was once photographed for a widely distributed poster was placed empty in the center of the stage." No other examples of this poster have been traced in OCLC or at auction.

The poster was designed by Lisa Lyons, whose work with the Panthers also included designing their famous logo. This copy came from her personal files, via a Thomaston Place auction, 14 February 2016, to the consignor.