History and Historiography

Police Killed Fred Hampton 51 Years Ago. A BLM Chicago Co-Founder Says ‘Every Single Aspect Of The Black Panther Party Program’ Applies Today

This is what happens to folks the state regards as a genuine threat.

By Courtney Kueppers, Bianca Martin

WBEZ, Chicago

Fred Hampton

Fifty-one years ago, Chicago police officers killed Fred Hampton, the chairman of the Illinois Black Panther party. In the wake of the police killing of George Floyd this summer in Minneapolis, Hampton’s message — and the circumstances of his death — remain eerily relevant today.

On Dec. 4, 1969, police raided the Black Panther headquarters in Chicago and killed Hampton and fellow Black Panther activist Mark Clark.


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