You can jail a revolutionary, but you can’t jail the revolution.
On Dec. 4, 1969, Black Panther Party members Fred Hampton, 21 and Mark Clark, 22, were shot to death by 14 police officers as they lay sleeping in their Chicago apartment.
While authorities claimed the Panthers had opened fire on the police who were there to serve a search warrant, evidence later emerged that the FBI (as part of COINTELPRO), the Cook County state’s attorney’s office, and the Chicago police conspired to assassinate Fred Hampton.
Learn about about Hampton’s childhood (including a connection to Mamie Till), organizing, and murder from this tweet thread by high school teacher and curriculum writer Ursula Wolfe-Rocca. (Click image to read full thread.)
49-years ago today, activist Fred Hampton was murdered by Chicago police & the FBI. He was 21, radical, clear-eyed, purposeful. It was his power & potential that made him a target of COINTELPRO & the white supremacist ideology that underwrote it. (thread) pic.twitter.com/j5pu3q7hom
— Ursula Wolfe-Rocca (@LadyOfSardines) December 4, 2018
Learn more from “The Assassination of Fred Hampton: How the FBI and the Chicago Police Murdered a Black Panther,” an interview with lawyer Jeffery Haas on Democracy Now!
Teach this history with the lessons and other resources listed below.