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· American Educator and College counselor
· Born November 20, 1938 in San Leandro, California
· Died March 15, 2009 at his home in Berkeley from complications from dialysis.
· Mother is from Berkley, CA and Father is from Oakland, CA
· Attended Merritt College for two years and the University of California, Berkeley
· He was one of the first members of the Black Panther Party and was eventually promoted to the position of "Field Marshall”, putting his experience in the military to help members of the black panther party defend the community
· Aoki was also a spokesperson for the Asian American Political Alliance, which supported the Black Panther Party and was the first known pan-Asian political organizations in the nation in 1973. The group was anti-war and supported a Third World College and Ethnic Studies program.
· In January 11–12, 1969, Richard Aoki helped to establish an ethnic studies program at the University of California, Berkeley.
· Give the Black Panther Party some of its first firearms and weapons training, which cause deadly shootouts with the Oakland police in the 1960s.
· In 1954, Richard Aoki became an undercover FBI intelligence informant, filing reports on a wide range of Bay Area, with his partner, Burney Threadgill Jr.
· The December of 1962, he became a member of the Oakland-Berkeley branch of the Socialist Workers Party, where he served as the representative to Bay Area civil rights groups.
· In early 1969, Aoki arose as a leader of the Third World Liberation Front strike at UC Berkeley, which demanded more ethnic studies courses.
· In 1964, Aoki enrolled in Merritt College in Oakland, where he met Huey Newton, a pre-law student, and Bobby Seale, an engineering student, who were in a political group called the Soul Students Advisory Council and future founders of the Black Panther Party
· In October of 1966, Aoki pledge to the Ten-Point Program that will form groundwork of the Black Panther Party
· From 1971, Aoki went on to work for 25 years as a teacher, counselor and administrator at the Peralta Community College District
The Ten-Point Program
1. We Want Freedom. We Want Power To Determine
The Destiny Of Our Black Community.
We believe that Black people will not be free until we are able to determine our destiny.
2. We Want Full Employment For Our People.
We believe that the federal government is responsible and obligated to give every man employment or a guaranteed income. We believe that if the White American businessmen will not give full employment, then the means of production should be taken from the businessmen and placed in the community so that the people of the community can organize and employ all of its people and give a high standard of living.
3. We Want An End To The Robbery
By The Capitalists Of Our Black Community.
We believe that this racist government has robbed us, and now we are demanding the overdue debt of forty acres and two...