Wednesday, March 18, 2009

For Richard Aoki: 1938-2009

The yellow sun has set in the West
evening has come to the Buddha Panther
Comrade Richard
another son of Merritt College
who joined the Panther Revolution
no hesitation
only dedication to the cause of world revolution
consistent and loyal to the end
model of third world unity
taking his place on the altar of the warriors
to be remembered as the first Asian Panther
Uniting Asia and Africa in America
Richard we love the song you sang
the magic lyrics of your walk
the fire of your speech
determination in time of defeat
We honor you, love you and miss you
will never forget you
your respect
yet serious always
about revolution
human possibilities.
Right On!
--Marvin X
Houston, Texas

From: Black August LA
Sent: Tuesday, March 17, 2009 7:51:24 PM
Subject: [BlackWorldEvents] Richard Masato Aoki: 1938-2009

Richard Masato Aoki, 1938-2009

Fearless Leader and Servant of the People

It is with deep sadness that we inform you that
Richard Aoki, due to complications from
longstanding medical problems, passed away
on March 15, 2009.

Born on November 20, 1938, Richard was a
righteous fighter and a warrior in the truest
sense ? he dedicated his life to his beliefs and
the struggle for human rights. He was a field
marshal in the Black Panther Party, a founding
member of the Asian American Political Alliance,
a leader in the Third World Liberation Front
Strike at UC Berkeley, co-ordinator for the first
Asian American Studies program at UC Berkeley, an
advisor for Asians for Job Opportunities, a
counselor, instructor and administrator at Merritt and
Alameda Colleges.

We will remember him for the personal impact he
made on our lives and the social impact he made
on the community movements of people of all colors:

"Based on my experience, I've seen where unity
amongst the races has yielded positive results. I
don?t see any other way for people to gain
freedom, justice, and equality here except by being internationalist."
Richard Aoki

Memorial arrangements are pending and information
will be available at a later date.

Harvey Dong

Richard Aoki Commemorative Committee.

This entry was posted on March 16, 2009 at 11:26 am

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