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Published on Thursday, April 27, 2000 in the Rocky Mountain News
Black Panther's Bobby Seale Urges Non-Violence
by Bob Jackson
People who want to bring about social change should rely on technology instead of violence, the founder of one of the most militant movements in America's history told a crowd in Denver Wednesday.

"Today, you don't need guns," said Bobby Seale, founding chairman of the Black Panther Party.

"If you want to observe police brutality, learn to use today's technology. Network with a thousand camcorders and put it on the Internet."

The Black Panther Party grew out of student activism and community organizing in the 1960s and its members were not street hooligans or toughs who just popped up with guns, said Seale.

Seale, the author of several books, spoke to nearly 200 students and teachers at Metro State College.

Seale, who calls himself a "revolutionary humanist," once urged blacks to take up arms and protect themselves.

The Dallas native is now community liaison in the Department of African American Studies at Temple University.

He said the Black Panther Party was created in reaction to a lot of things.

"Before I started the party I was working a full time job at the Gemini missile program," said Seale. "I had placed myself in a high-tech world where I wanted to be."

He called on his audience to work for social justice.

"Today's fast-paced computerized, cyber-netted, scientific, high-tech information-based economy is why it must be further democratized on a higher level," he said.

Copyright, Denver Publishing Co


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