David Hilliard

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For the photographer of the same name, see David Hilliard (photographer).

David Hilliard (born May 15, 1942) was a member of the Black Panther Party. He was Chief of Staff in the party.[1][2] He is currently a visiting instructor at the University of New Mexico.[3]

Hilliard was convicted on two counts of assault with a deadly weapon for his part in a 1968 ambush of the Oakland Police in retribution for the assassination of Martin Luther King.[4][5] The April 6th ambush also resulted in the death of panther Bobby Hutton and the arrest of Panther Eldridge Cleaver who masterminded the botched operation. In July 1971, he was sentenced to one to ten years and incarcerated at in Vacaville.[2] In January 1973 while serving a sentence of six months to 10 years, he was denied parole.[4]

In his autobiography Revolutionary Suicide, Huey P. Newton claimed that the district attorney of Alameda County was attempting to send Hilliard to prison on "trumped up charges".[2] With Fredrika Newton, Hilliard formed the Dr. Huey P. Newton Foundation.[2]


  1. ^ Panther Party.org/speakers.htm "David Hilliard". Black Panther party. Retrieved 2 October 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c d Newton, Huey (2009) [1973]. Revolutionary Suicide. Penguin Books. ISBN 978-0-14-310532-9. 
  3. ^ "Black Panther Founder to Teach Courses at U. New Mexico". New York Times. Retrieved 2 October 2010. 
  4. ^ a b "Black Panther David Hilliard Denied Parole". Los Angeles Times (Los Angeles, California). January 31, 1973. p. B2. Retrieved July 19, 2010. 
  5. ^ Hugh Pearson. The Shadow of the Panther. pg 154


  • Black Panthers Speak, Philip Foner, ed. New York: Da Capo, 1970
  • Huey: Spirit of the Panther, David Hilliard with Keith and Kent Zimmerman
  • David Hilliard and Lewis Cole, This Side of Glory. Boston: Little, Brown, 1993. ISBN 0-316-36421-5