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The Life and Legacy of Fred Hampton

Dec 11, 2019

On this edition of Your Call, we'll mark the 50th anniversry of the police murder of Fred Hampton, a top leader of the Illinois Black Panther Party.

Fred Hampton, who was just 21 when he was murdered, negotiated peace between gangs and brought together a multiracial group of people to engage in a class struggle. In speeches, he explained how the ruling class used racism to exploit working people. Fifty years later, his activism lives on. 

Guests:

Jeffrey Haas, co-founder of the People's Law Office and author of The Assassination of Fred Hampton: How the FBI and the Chicago Police Murdered and Black Panther

Emory Douglas, graphic artist and former Minister of Culture for the Black Panthers 

Web Resources:

Chicago Tribune:  In 1969, charismatic Black Panthers leader Fred Hampton was killed in a hail of gunfire. 50 years later, the fight against police brutality continues

Chicago Sun-Times: Fred Hampton remembered as ‘focused, caring’ visionary