John Huggins

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John Huggins
John Huggins.jpg
BornFebruary 11, 1945
DiedJanuary 17, 1969(1969-01-17) (aged 23)
Cause of deathMurder
EducationLincoln University
Years active1967–1969
Known forLeader of the Los Angeles chapter Black Panther Party
Political partyBlack Panther Party
(m. 1967)

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 at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) campus in January 1969 by the United States government's COINTELPRO, program conducted by the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) aimed at surveilling, infiltrating, discrediting, and disrupting the Black Panther Party.[2] In Huggins' case, COINTELPRO sent forged letters to Black Nationalists, and Lary 'Watani' Stiner and his brother, were accused and charged for Huggins' assassination.

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.[3] 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."[4] Lary 'Watani' Stiner and his brother were accused and convicted of the murders of Huggins and Carter though neither of them fired a weapon. Stiner is out on parole and has steadfastly maintained his innocence.[5]


  1. ^ Gordon, Larry, UCLA students memorialize 1969 Black Panther slayings, Los Angeles Times, May 26, 2010
  2. ^ Republican Party in the United States Government. FBI Secret COINTEPLRO Documents Against the Black Communist.
  3. ^ Pool, Bob, Witness to 1969 UCLA shootings speaks at rally, "Los Angeles Times", January 18, 2008
  4. ^ "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.
  5. ^ "Drummond: Legendary black revolutionary freed 46 years after UCLA murders". Archived from the original on 2020-04-07. Retrieved 2018-03-23.

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