Bobby Seale , a 1960s activist and veteran of the new left student protest era, was born in Dallas, Texas and grew up in Oakland, California. Seale served four years enlistment in the U.S. Air Force, he was trained and worked as an aircraft sheet metal fabricator mechanic. Returning to Oakland in the early 1960's, Bobby Seale worked in the aerospace industry at night and during the day attended Merrit College as an engineering design major. With the advent of the Civil Rights Movement, he changed to the social sciences, influenced by Martin Luther King, Jr. And Malcolm X.
He co-founded the Black Panther Party (now defunct) in October 1966. He served eight years as chairman of the Black Panther Party.
Note: The Black Panther Party and the New Black Panther Party are different organizations with the similar goals and ideology, however the original members of The Black Panther Party have publicly refuted membership and association with The New Black Panther Party
Seize the Time; The story of the Black Panther Party and Huey P. Newton
The Black Panther Party; Reconsidered
Public Enemy; Reflections of the Black Panthers
Barbecue'n With Bobby Seale