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Ericka’s political activism began in 1963, when she attended the March on Washington and committed to moving from the sidelines to the frontlines in the global human rights movement. In 1969, at age 18, she became a leader in the Los Angeles chapter of the Black Panther Party with her husband John Huggins. Three weeks after the birth of their daughter Mai, Ericka became a widow, when her husband John Huggins, along with her dear friend, Alprentice “Bunchy” Carter, was murdered on the U.C.L.A campus. Ericka brought her daughter to New Haven, Connecticut for John’s burial, and stayed on to open the New Haven chapter of the Black Panther Party.

Ericka with newborn

daughter, Mai.