Sep 17th 2017

A Tribute to Bobby Lee

Sunday 9/17/17
1354 W. Wabansia
Chicago, IL

Admission: Free

Join us as we celebrate the life of Black Panther and Rainbow Coalition co-founder, Bobby Lee (1942-2017).

Born in Houston, Texas, Lee began his career as an activist and organizer in San Francisco working with children with disabilities as part of the VISTA program, an anti-poverty domestic version of the Peace Corps.

While there, he was radicalized by his cousin Bobby Seale, co-founder of the Black Panther party, who eventually promoted Lee to become a field organizer in Chicago.

It was in Chicago that along with Hampton, Lee played a pivotal role in bringing together Puerto Rican radicals in the Young Lords, as well as a group of poor white activists known as the Young Patriots, to form the groundbreaking Rainbow Coalition.

We will be celebrating Bobby’s life and legacy with music, a short film, and tributes from his friends and family.

Drinks and music

Welcome: John Preston
Video Tribute to Bobby Lee

Billy Che Brooks
Henry “Poison” Gaddis
James Tracy, reading from his book “Hillbilly Nationalists, Urban Race Rebels, and Black Power”
Hy Thurman
Fred Hampton Jr.

The Amoreys – Tribute to Bob Lee
More drinks and music

In Bobby’s honor we are asking for donations to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts in his native Houston. You can make a donation online at

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