Wednesday, May 29, 2024

50th Anniversary Commemoration of John Huggins/Bunchy Carter Tragedy at UCLA

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*UCLA’s Afrikan Student Union (ASU) will be hosting its annual Commemoration for two murdered UCLA students, John Huggins, Jr. and Alprentice “Bunchy” Carter, on Jan 16th-17th, the 50th anniversary of this tragic event.

Please join ASU, AAP, Bunche Center, Carter and Huggins Families, Black Panther Nation, and many campus and community supporters for this opportunity to highlight UCLA’s radical past.

Tuesday, January 15th

FREE Film Screening + Q&A with filmmaker
“41st & Central” (learn more about the Carter/Huggins murders@UCLA)
AAP Campbell Hall Learning Pavilion

Wednesday, January 16th

Black Wednesday Art Exhibit
Bruin Plaza Stage
GBM Student Activism Trivia Night
Rieber LLC
6:30 – 7:30pm

Thursday, January 17th

  “Student Activism!!”

mohammed mubarak at UCLA
Original LA Black Panthers member Mohammed Mubarak

Special Guest, Mohammed Mubarak, Black Panther Party, LA Chapter
“Remembering John & Bunchy as Student Activists”

Panel Discussion w veteran UCLA Student Activists
Candlelight vigil at Carter/Huggins Memorial Stone
AAP Campbell Hall Learning Pavilion
6:00pm – 9:00pm

Dinner will be served


On January 17, 1969, two UCLA High Potential Program students—Alprentice “Bunchy” Carter and John Huggins—were assassinated in 1201 Campbell Hall. The assassination took place after a student meeting to decide qualifications for the selection of the first director of the newly-formed Afro-American Studies Center. The assassinations were characterized in the press as being the result of an ongoing feud between two militant Black organizations—the Black Panther Party and the US organization, which supported different candidates for the director position. Three members of US were convicted of the murders.

Both Carter and Huggins were leaders of the Los Angeles Chapter of the Black Panther Party. Many speculate, however, that the assassination was instigated by the FBI’s COINTELPRO which, at the time, was engaged in a clandestine campaign to eliminate the Black Panther Party. Note: COINTELPRO is an acronym for a series of FBI counterintelligence programs designed to neutralize political “dissidents”. From 1956 to 1971, COINTELPRO broadly targeted radical political organizations.

Sponsored by UCLA’s Afrikan Student Union (ASU), the Ralph Bunche Center and the Academic Advancement Program (AAP).

For directions to UCLA and more information, click here.

Masai Minters, Associate Director





Minters, Masai”
[email protected]

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