A press release announcing Seale's keynote speaking role at this year's King Day Dinner describes Seale as a "revolutionary humanist" despite the violence often associated with the Black Panther Party under the leadership of Seale and its other co-founder, Huey Newton, in sharp contrast with Martin Luther King, Jr.'s non-violent approach for advancing social justice for black Americans.
“For the past 43 years, the IUPUI Black Student Union has sponsored the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Dinner, one of the largest events on IUPUI’s campus," said Meaghan Banks, president of the IUPUI Black Student Union. "This year, we will continue that tradition, and we invite the Indianapolis community to join us for an evening of empowerment and celebration in honor of Dr. King’s life and legacy.” The theme of this year's dinner is "To live as brothers or perish as fools." King actually sharply differed with the Black Panther Party's advocacy of separatism. King believed that "America must be made a nation in which its multi-racial people are partners in power", a view never shared by Seale's Black Panthers. The Black Panther's often-used slogan, "Black Power", was rejected by King as "a cry of pain . . . born from the wombs of dispair and disappointment."