Richard Aoki (pronounced /ɑˈoʊki/ or /eɪˈoʊki/; 20 November 1938 – 15 March 2009) was an American civil rights activist. He was one of the first members of the Black Panther Party and was eventually promoted to the position of “Field Marshall” [sic]. Although there were several Asian Americans in the Black Panther Party, Aoki was the only one to have a formal leadership position.

Richard Aoki (pronounced /ɑˈoʊki/ or /eɪˈoʊki/; 20 November 1938 – 15 March 2009) was an American civil rights activist. He was one of the first members of the Black Panther Party and was eventually promoted to the position of “Field Marshall” [sic]. Although there were several Asian Americans in the Black Panther Party, Aoki was the only one to have a formal leadership position.