Dedication & Celebration
in Recognition of the 55th Anniversary
of The Black Panther Party
WHEN: Friday, OCT. 15 / 4pm CST
WHERE: The Hampton House
807 S. 17th Ave, Maywood, IL
TURN THE HAMPTON HOUSE INTO A HISTORIC LANDMARK!
CITY OF MAYWOOD, CHICAGO & BEYOND: YOUR SIGNATURES WILL MAKE A HUGE IMPACT ON THE APPROVAL OF THIS HISTORIC LANDMARK APPLICATION!
Chairman Fred Hampton, leader of the Illinois Chapter of the Black Panther Party, was a revolutionary and a role model for Chicago, the international community, and the ongoing movement for the liberation of Black people.
Under his leadership, the Black Panther Party fed, educated and housed thousands of people. By the time he turned 21, the FBI had seen in Chairman Fred such an extraordinary leader in the movement that they described him as a “threat to the internal security of the country” in order to coordinate his assassination as part of a secret government program to destroy the Black Panther Party.
Though his life was cut far too short, his legacy lives on.
Save The Hampton House is an effort led by Chairman Fred Hampton’s son, Chairman Fred Jr., and his mother, Akua Njeri, to turn Chairman Fred’s childhood home into a historic landmark and community center where visitors can learn about the legacy of the Black Panther Party and inspire future leaders in the movement.
Save The Hampton House is an effort by those working relentlessly to protect
the legacy of The Black Panther Party and Chairman Fred Hampton.
The house is located in Maywood, Illinois where Chairman grew up.
Work is in progress to preserve the property and transform it into a historic site where
the works of The Black Panther Party can be displayed and made available for visitors.
The Hampton house is a key part of Maywood’s history.
Chairman Fred Hampton’s family moved to the house at
804 South 17th Avenue in 1958, when he was only ten years old. Hampton’s childhood experiences would lay the groundwork for his extraordinary political leadership.
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Deputy Chairman of the Illinois Chapter of The Black Panther Party, Fred Hampton, was born on August 30,1948 and was raised in the Chicago neighborhood of Maywood, Illinois. He attended Proviso East High School and became involved in the civil rights movement and joined the Junior NAACP where his dynamic leadership and organizational skills mobilized a group of five hundred young people who successfully lobbied city officials to create better academic services and recreational facilities for Black children.
In 1968, he joined The Black Panther Party (BPP), headquartered in Oakland, California. He formed the “Rainbow Coalition” which included Students for a Democratic Society, the Blackstone Rangers, and the Young Lords. This coalition worked to reach treaties and heighten contradictions that the state exploited. Under Chairman’s leadership, programs that encouraged self-determination such as The Free Breakfast Program (which fed thousands of children every week), Medical Programs, and transportation programs to get people to/from prisons to visit those held, served thousands of families.
During an early morning police raid on December 4, 1969, Chicago police opened fire on 2337 West Monroe Street (Chairman Fred Hampton Way) assassinating 21 year old Chairman Fred Hampton and Defense Captain Mark Clark. It was proven that the assassinations were planned and carried out with the involvement of Chicago police, State Atty Edward Hanrahan, and J. Edgar Hoover of the FBI under a program called Cointelpro, which specifically targeted The Black Panther Party.
International Revolutionary Day (IRD) acknowledges these assassinations EVERY YEAR on December 4th internationally.