The Socratic Black Panther: Reading Huey P. Newton Reading Plato

  title={The Socratic Black Panther: Reading Huey P. Newton Reading Plato},
  author={Brian P. Sowers},
  journal={Journal of African American Studies},
  • Brian P. Sowers
  • Published 24 January 2017
  • Art
  • Journal of African American Studies
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