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The Life and Legacy of Fred Hampton

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At a rally outside the U.S. Courthouse October 29, 1969, Dr. Benjamin Spock, background, listens to Fred Hampton, chairman of the Illinois Black Panther party.

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. 

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


Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular media roundtable guest in 2001. In 2019, the San Francisco Press Club named Your Call the best public affairs program. In 2017, The Nation named it the most valuable local radio show.