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Fred Hampton

December 5, 2008

Meet Fred Hampton, deputy chairman of the Black Panther Party’s Illinois Chapter, who taught Chicago to shout, “I am a revolutionary!” One of the main men J. Edgar Hoover, then FBI director, had in mind when he called the Black Panther Party the “greatest threat to the internal security” of the United States, Chairman Fred, then only 21, was cut down as he slept, 39 years ago, on Dec. 4, 1969, now memorialized as International Revolutionary Day.


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