Please support our programs

radio stories and voices to take action

The Murder of Fred Hampton


Dec 4th is the 47th anniversary of Fred Hampton’s murder. We are presenting this program to provide historical context amidst current media dis-information and government surveillance of groups organizing for Black Lives and Liberation. Trump’s legitimization of white supremacist ideas and actions makes Fred Hampton’s words from 1969 apt today.

The Murder of Fred Hampton began as a film portrait of Hampton and the Illinois Black Panther Party, but halfway through the shoot, Hampton was murdered by Chicago police.

In an infamous moment in Chicago history and politics, over a dozen policemen burst into Hampton’s apartment while its occupants were sleeping, killing Hampton and fellow Panther Mark Clark and brutalizing the other occupants.

Filmmakers Mike Gray and Howard Alk arrived a few hours later to shoot film footage of the crime scene that was later used to contradict news reports and police testimony.

“You can jail the revolutionary, but you can’t jail the revolution…You might murder a freedom fighter like Bobby Hunton, but you can’t murder freedom fighting.” – Fred Hampton.

Recently restored and reworked by Gray, The Murder of Fred Hampton is a chilling slice of American history. (Excerpt from mike-gray.org).

Featuring:

  • Fred Hampton
  • Bobby Rush
  • Rennie Davis
  • Edward Hanrahan
Credits:
  • Host: Anita Johnson
  • Staff Producers: Anita Johnson, Marie Choi, Monica Lopez, R.J. Lozada
  • Executive Director: Lisa Rudman
  • Web Editor: Kwan Booth
  • Audience Engagement Director: Sabine Blaizin
  • Development Associate: Vera Tykulsker

The Murder of Fred Hampton was directed by Howard Alk and Mike Gray and produced by Mike Gray. Thank you to www.facets.org for granting us permission to broadcast excerpts from the film.

Author: Sabine Blaizin

Share This Post On