History of Big Man


Municipal Courthouse, Oakland CA, 1969
Charles Garry, Dick Hallgren, Charles Bursey, Elbert "Big Man" Howard, and Terry Cotton. Oakland Courthouse, 1969

Big Man with Jean Genet at Yale, New Haven, May Day 1970
Big Man with Jean Genet at Yale, New Haven, May Day 1970. Genet is a famous French author and playwright, who came to speak at the May Day rally in support of Chairman Bobby Seale who was imprisoned on capital charges. Big Man was the one chosen to read Genet's speech in English.

Big Man with Jean Genet at Yale, New Haven, May Day 1970
Big Man holds a press conference in front of the Washington DC Panther Party office about the Revolutionary People's Constitutional Convention, 1970. Photo courtesy of Stephen Shames

Big Man in Japan, 1969
Big Man in Japan, 1969, International Spokesman BPP

original 6 Black Panthers
The 6 Original founding members of the BPP, in Big Man's back yard, Oakland CA, 1966

3 Black Panthers BPP headquarters 19703 Black Panthers BPP headquarters 1970
Elbert "Big Man" Howard, D.C. Cox, and June Hilliard in front of the BPP headquarters Berkeley, CA 1970. Photo courtesy of Ilka Hartmann

Big Man and Ron Dellums
Big Man and Ron Dellums, candidate for Mayor of Oakland (he won), L'il Bobby Hutton Day, Oakland CA, 2006

Big Man book signing
Big Man's Book Signing at 2005 Little Bobby Hutton Day event, West Oakland Library