Nothing will motivate a man to move forward faster than knowing what's behind Him.

1. Bobby Seale , As cofounder and Chairman of the Black Panther Party, Bobby Seale was an important leader of the Black Power movement.  Born in Texas, Seale joined thousands of African Americans when his family migrated to Oakland during World War II.  At the age of 18, Seale joined the Air Force.   He returned to Oakland and began attending Merritt College, where he majored in engineering .  At Merritt  is where he  first met Huey P. Newton.  Inspired by Malcolm X, independence movements in Africa, and anti-colonialist intellectuals such as Frantz Fanon, he founded with Newton in 1966 the Black Panther Party for Self Defense.

While working at a War on Poverty program, he and Newton wrote a ten-point program that outlined the outlook and goals of the BPP.  The Ten-Point program demanded that blacks have the “power to determine the destiny of our Black Community.”  Control of their own community would allow blacks to gain “land, bread, housing, education, clothing, justice and peace.”

2. Gerald Young, was a Major League Baseball outfielder. He was noted for his long strides and blazing speed, and although considered somewhat of a “hot dog” because of what appeared to be a lackadaisical style (including unnecessary basket catches), he was considered one of the best defensive center fielders of his time.

Young was drafted in the 5th round of the 1982 MLB amateur draft by the New York Mets along with Rafael Palmeiro and Dwight Gooden as part of a draft class that set a major league record for a single team when 12 of those players reached the major leagues.

Comments on: "Birthdays Of Famous African Americans For October 22" (1)

  1. Vicki Winfrey said:

    We love you Bobby. and Happy Birthday to You, and thank you help
    getting us where we are today

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