Philadelphia: S.i., 1970. Photo-illustrated tabloid, reproducing Huey Newton's address to the Revolutionary People's Constitutional Convention, which took place at the Temple University Gymnasium in Philadelphia, PA on September 5, 1970. The RPCC plenary session was attended by 7,000 people, with the lofty goal of organizing a broad-based revolutionary movement that would unite the struggles of black liberation, independence for Puerto Rico, students, women's, gays, workers and other fights behind a common program. "Many believed that an organized movement would follow the adoption of a common platform at the full constitutional convention," scheduled for 27-29 November, 1970 in Washington, DC. The movement was halted when DC area authorities "refused to permit the Panther-sponsored group to meet or imposed financial barriers that were impossible to reach. Thousands arrived in the District to find no adequate meeting space and the unity sought proved elusive. Soon afterward, the Panthers were wracked by an internal split and declined in influence" (Washington Area Spark).
The current example contains an insert not previously seen by us, reproducing "On the Constitution" by Eldridge Cleaver, "Towards A New Constitution" by Newton, and the Panthers' "Message to America. Delivered on the 107th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation at Washington D.C. Capitol of Babylon, World Racism, and Imperialism June 19, 1970." Illustrated with a superb half-page photo-montage by Emory Douglas, with images of Cleaver, Newton, and Bobby Seale strapped to the electric chair. Rare; we find no copies in the trade (2014), and OCLC notes 3 copies at Northwestern, Michigan State, and the Wisconsin Historical Society. Folio (42cm); single sheet of newsprint, measuring 57.5cm x 42cm, printed in black and folded vertically at center to create a 4pp tabloid. Uniformly toned, with a horizontal fold at center and a few small tears; Very Good+. This copy with a 4pp illustrated insert, similarly toned and folded, with short split along the left edge of the center fold.