John Huggins

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John Huggins
John Huggins.jpg
Born February 11, 1945
New Haven, Connecticut, U.S.
Died January 17, 1969(1969-01-17) (aged 23)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Cause of death Murder
Citizenship American
Education Lincoln University
Occupation Activist
Years active 1967–1969
Known for Leader of the Los Angeles chapter Black Panther Party
Political party Black Panther Party
Spouse(s) Ericka Huggins (m. 1967–69)
Children 1

John Jerome Huggins, Jr.[1] (February 11, 1945 – January 17, 1969) was an American activist. Huggins was the leader in the Los Angeles chapter of the Black Panther Party who was killed by black nationalist US Organization members on the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) campus in January 1969.

Early life[edit]

John Huggins was born February 11, 1945 in New Haven, Connecticut where he attended Hopkins School, although ultimately left and graduated from James Hillhouse High School. He was briefly enlisted in the United States Navy before attending Lincoln University in Chester County, Pennsylvania, where he met his wife Ericka Huggins. They moved together to Los Angeles and both became deeply involved in the Black Panther Party. They had one child, Mai Huggins.


LAPD officer views chalk outlines of the bodies of Huggins and Carter.

On January 17, 1969, Huggins and fellow Party leader Bunchy Carter were gunned down by Claude "Chuchessa" Hubert, a 21–year old member of the black nationalist US Organization during a meeting at UCLA. According to a witness, Huggins got into a scuffle with another man; 19-year old member Harold "Tuwala" Jones when he was shot by Hubert.[2] An FBI memo dated November 29, 1968 described a letter that the Los Angeles FBI office intended to mail to the Black Panther Party office. The letter, which was made to appear as if it had come from the US Organization, described fictitious plans by US to ambush BPP members. The FBI memo stated, "It is hoped this counterintelligence measure will result in an 'US' and BPP vendetta."[3]


  1. ^ Gordon, Larry, UCLA students memorialize 1969 Black Panther slayings, Los Angeles Times, May 26, 2010
  2. ^ Pool, Bob, Witness to 1969 UCLA shootings speaks at rally, "Los Angeles Times", January 18, 2008
  3. ^ "Counterintelligence Program, Black Nationalist - Hate Groups, Racial Intelligence, Re Los Angeles letter to Bureau dated 9/25/68", Federal Bureau of Investigation memo, November 29, 1968. Archived at, retrieved September 7, 2007.

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