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Howard (Elbert "Big Man")
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Description
Elbert "Big Man" Howard was a civil rights activits, journalist, and author. He was one of the founding members of the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense.
Background
Elbert "Big Man" Howard was born on January 5, 1938 in Chattanooga, Tennessee. In 1954 Howard joined the Air Force and was a firefighter on a crash-rescue team at an airbase near Verdun, France. After leaving the Air Force in 1960 Howard became a student at Merritt College in Oakland, California. In 1966 he was one of the six founding members of the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense, along with Reggie Forte, Sherman Forte, Bobby Hutton, Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale. At the time he was a student at Merritt College in Oakland. He served as the editor of the Black Panther newspaper, the Deputy Minister of Information and the central strategist for community programs. He also wrote articles for the Black Panther Party newspaper under the moniker 'Brother Dynamite'. He traveled around the United States helping to establish BPP chapters and to Europe and Japan as a spokesperson for the BPP. In 1974 Howard left the BPP and worked in retail in Virginia and Tennessee. He also worked with several organizations in Memphis focused on improving education and health care. Howard moved to Sonoma County and in 2007 married Carol Hyams, who had been a volunteer with the Black Panther Party health clinics in the 1970s. Howard was involved with a number of community organizations focused on police brutality, peace, and social justice, including Police Accountability Clinic & Helpline of Sonoma County. He also co-founded KWTF a community radio station, was a radio dj promoting jazz and blues, and was a journalist. Elbert "Big Man" Howard died July 23, 2018 in Santa Rosa, California.
Extent
11 Linear Feet (12 manuscript storage boxes, 1 half manuscript storage box, 2 record storage boxes and 4 flat boxes, 1 map folder)
Restrictions
While Special Collections is the owner of the physical items, permission to examine collection materials is not an authorization to publish. These materials are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. Any transmission or reproduction beyond that allowed by fair use requires permission from the owners of rights, heir(s) or assigns.
Availability
Open for research. Note that material must be requested at least 36 hours in advance of intended use. Audiovisual & born-digital materials are not available in original format, and must be reformatted to a digital use copy.