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Elbert Howard
Elbert Big Man Howard.jpg
Howard in 2012
BornJanuary 5, 1938(1938-01-05)
DiedJuly 23, 2018(2018-07-23) (aged 80)
OccupationActivist, author, lecturer
Spouse(s)Carole Hyams (m. 2007–present) «start: (2007)»"Marriage: Carole Hyams to Elbert Howard" Location: (linkback:

Elbert Howard (January 5, 1938 – July 23, 2018),[1] better known as Big Man, was an American civil rights activist and author. He was one of the founding members of the Black Panther Party.[2][3][4][5]

After leaving the party in 1974, Howard returned to Tennessee. In Memphis, he served on the boards of directors of several African American progressive educational institutions.

Howard died on July 23, 2018 in Santa Rosa, California, aged 80.[6]


  1. Elbert Howard (2005) Panther on the Prowl
  2. "July 23, 2018". July 23, 2018. 
  3. "Black Panther Party co-founder Elbert ‘Big Man’ Howard dies at age 80". July 24, 2018. 
  4. Lise Pearlman (February 1, 2012) The Sky's the Limit: People v. Newton, The REAL trial of the 20th Century?Regent Press
  5. Curtis J. Austin (March 1, 2008) Up Against the Wall: Violence in the Making and Unmaking of the Black Panther Party University of Arkansas Press
  6. "Black Panther Party co-founder Elbert 'Big Man' Howard dies" (in en-US). 2018-07-24. 

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