"My introduction was that I was the Chair of the Black Panther Party. I always like to remind people that I was actually the Chairman of the Black Panther Party. I wasn’t the Chairperson, Chairwoman, or the Chair. I was the Chairman of the Black Panther Party because I took over the slot that was called Chairman. So I continued to be called Chairman.
There’s a lot of people wondering, well how did she become the Chairman of the Black Panther Party? You know, it was a para-military organization dominated by men in numbers and kind of a rough situation.
I had a guy ask me once, he said, “You know it’s said that you became Chairman of the Black Panther Party because you slept with Eldrige Cleaver and you slept with Huey Newton and you slept with Bunchy Carter. Is that true?”
And so I said well, the first thing I have to say is that I never slept with Bunchy Carter…
The second thing I want to say is that Eldridge Cleaver slept with half the women in the state of California, in and out of the Black Panther Party, with and without their permission. Huey Newton certainly slept with the other half or at least they tried to sleep with him because Huey was just that fine.
And none of those women however became the Chairman of the Black Panther Party.
So if you want to have a correct analysis, the analysis is either, that was not the criterion for becoming the Chairman of the Black Panther Party, or I had the baddest pussy in the state of California.”
-Elaine Brown, speaking in Akron 2006