As the original founder of the Black Panther Party of Self Defense and a political activist for over 50 years, Bobby Seale made American civil rights history and helped pave the way for future generations. From the sixties to now, Seale continues to speak about his involvement with the Black Panthers and is an inspiring advocate for civil rights and justice for allHe was arrested several times thoughout his life, something that never deterred him from advocating his constitutional rights.

Seale’s activism during the Sixties, in particular the famous events of the 1968 Chicago Seven Trial, is being adapted into a feature film directed by Oscar-winner Aaron Sorkin and slated for release in the Fall of 2020. The cast will include Tony Winners Frank Langella, Mark Rylance, Alex Sharp, and Eddie Redmayne, as well as Sacha Baron Cohen, Jeremy Strong, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Kelvin Harrison Jr., and Seth Rogen. Bobby Seale himself will be portrayed by Yahya Abdul-Mateen II. 

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Seale’s 50-year journey in social activism is one of overcoming obstacles, speaking out about human rights and protesting for change in a system that seemed to work against him at every turn. After a short stint in the U.S. Air Force, Seale attended Merritt College, where he met fellow co-founder Huey Newton at a protest rally against the Kennedy Administration's blockade of Cuba. Two kindred spirits, Seale and Huey created the Black Panther Party in 1966 to challenge police brutality against African American communities and implement social programs like free health clinics.

Today, Seale’s message is about more than the Sixties protest movement era; it is about the past and the future, and the interconnected and historical struggles of African Americans, Native Americans and women. Advocacy for social change is as important as ever, and will continue to be built upon the inspirational lives and dreams of civil rights figures like Martin Luther King Jr., whose message of protest and non-violence influenced Seale and countless others.

Proud of their black heritage and culture, these inspirational keynote speakers are in high demand for Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebrations and Black History Month events across the nation and around the world. Successful business leaders, award-winning actors, human rights activists, lawyers and university professors alike, these prominent African Americans are popular role models in society today. 

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