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 Al Prentice “Bunchy” Carter

Al Prentice “Bunchy” Carter

Birth
Louisiana, USA
Death 17 Jan 1969 (aged 26)
Westwood Village, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial Compton, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Plot 9-2, Lot 4E, Grave 10S
Memorial ID 39522094 · View Source
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African American activist and high ranking Black Panther party member. He was murdered on the campus of UCLA. He is celebrated by his supporters as a martyr in the Black Power movement in the United States. In the early 1960s Carter was a member of the Slauson street gang in Los Angeles. He became a member of the Slauson "Renegades", a hard-core inner circle of the gang, and earned the nickname "Mayor of the Ghetto". Carter was eventually convicted of armed robbery and was imprisoned in Soledad prison for four years. While incarcerated Carter became influenced by the Nation of Islam and the teachings of Malcolm X, and he converted to Islam. After his release, Carter met Huey Newton, one of the founders of the Black Panther Party, and was convinced to join the party in 1967. In early 1968 Carter formed the Southern California chapter of the Black Panthers and became a leader in the group. Like all Black Panther chapters, the Southern California chapter studied politics, read BPP literature, and received training in firearms and first aid.
The Black Panthers were also rivals of a black nationalist group named Organization Us, founded by Ron Karenga. The groups had very different aims and tactics, but the groups often found themselves competing for potential recruits. This rivalry came to a head in 1969, when the two groups supported different candidates to head the Afro-American Studies Center at UCLA.
The killings
John Huggins and Bunchy Carter, members of the Black Panther Party, were shot and killed on January 17, 1969.At a Black Student Union meeting at UCLA's Campbell Hall on January 17, 1969, Bunchy Carter and John Huggins, another BPP member, were heard making derogatory comments about Karenga, the founder of Us. Other versions mention a heated argument between Us members and Panther Elaine Brown. An altercation ensued during which Carter and Huggins were shot to death.


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  • Created by: Joe Walker
  • Added: 16 Jul 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 39522094
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Al Prentice “Bunchy” Carter (12 Oct 1942–17 Jan 1969), Find A Grave Memorial no. 39522094, citing Woodlawn Memorial Park, Compton, Los Angeles County, California, USA ; Maintained by Joe Walker (contributor 23317045) .