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Richmond Library talk today on Huey Newton and ‘trial of the century’

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The Grateful Dead performed at a 1971 Black Panther solidarity rally at the Oakland Auditorium.

The 1968 Bay Area murder trial of Black Panther co-founder Huey P. Newton and accompanying protests seeking his freedom exemplified the era’s tumultuous social divisions.

Retired Alameda County judge Lise Pearlman will discuss the trial and the times at “People vs. Newton: The Real Trial of the 20th Century,” a benefit program being presented at 7 p.m. Feb. 28 at the Richmond Memorial Auditorium Bermuda Room,

2533 Nevin Ave.

Pearlman is the author “The Sky’s The Limit,” a book about the trial and the political climate of the day.

The talk is presented by the Richmond Public Library Foundation and proceeds benefit the library book van campaign.

Tickets are $10 general, $5 students with ID. Supporting sponsors can get admission and an autographed book for $100. Tickets and details are online at www.rplf.org.

Chris Treadway