"Elbert "Big Man" Howard is one of the original founding members of the Black Panther Party. Big Man was a Black Panther from 1966 to 1974. During that time he served as Deputy Minister of Information and was a member of the Central Committee and the International Solidarity Committee.
As the Black Panther Party grew in numbers, their programs grew in depth, “Big Man” Howard held several positions and worked on many projects. “Big Man” Howard himself was responsible for a free medical clinic for sickle-cell anemia and a work-study program for parolees at the college. The Black Panther Party also created a free-breakfast program, piqued by poor children’s inability to succeed in school due to malnourishment. This latter operation has actually been the unstated model for generations of government-run breakfast programs.
In efforts to appeal to the community and voice their cause, the Black Panthers decided to found a weekly newspaper—and looked for an editor. “Big Man” Howard was the first editor of the Black Panther Party newspaper and Party international spokesperson. As a Black Panther Party spokesman, he traveled and lectured on the conditions and treatment of African-Americans and other minorities in America. “Big Man” Howard helped build Solidarity Committees in Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean.
As the first editor of the Black Panther’s newspaper, “Big Man” Howard, help building its circulation to 200,000 copies per week. “Big Man” Howard traveled the world as the Black Panther’s deputy minister of information and international and established a community medical clinic and an educational program for ex-offenders at Merritt College.”