Larry Pinkney is a veteran of the Black Panther Party, the former Minister of Interior of the Republic of New Africa, a former political prisoner and the only American to have successfully self-authored his civil/political rights case to the United Nations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. He has been interviewed on the nationally televised The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour, regarding voter registration and disenfranchisement issues particularly as they pertain to economically poor and nonwhite voters in the United States.
Larry Pinkney has been written about in various books, including two published by the United Nations, and the book entitled, 'Saying No To Power,'. As a college student and Black Panther Party member, he was elected chairman of the Black Students' Union at City College of San Francisco [reference City College of San Francisco, 'FREE CRITIC newspaper 'Editorial,' page 2, December 2, 1968], and was also politically active at the campus of San Francisco State during the student strike of 1968-69. Larry Pinkney went on to become the cochair of the San Francisco Black Caucus which worked closely with the Black Panther Party in the areas of employment, education, and housing discrimination, and police brutality [reference THE BLACK PANTHER: Intercommunal News Service, October 21, 1972 article entitled, 'A Caucus For The Community: The San Francisco Black Caucus Serves The People']. He is best known internationally for being the only US citizen and former Black Panther Party member to have successfully self-authored a civil/political rights case from prison to the United Nations.
Pinkney is also a former university instructor and is a lecturer and writer, having had pieces published in assorted news media organs including the San Francisco Bay View National Black Newspaper, The Boston Globe, The Minnesota Daily, The Guardian (of New York), Canadian Dimension Magazine, Vancouver Indymedia (Canada), the ONLINE JOURNAL, and It's About Time--news organ of the Black Panther Party Legacy & Alumni.