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can jail a revolutionary, but you can't jail the revolution. You
can run a freedom fighter around the country but you can't run
freedom fighting around the country. You can murder a liberator,
but you can't
murder liberation." Fred Hampton, April 27, 1969
I never had
the pleasure of meeting Chairman Fred Hampton in life.
I read numerous
articles about him in *The Black Panther* newspaper. I was impressed
by this young man (who was older than I at the time), and I found
his speeches inspiring. It was this ability, to organize and galvanize
folks that had
the eyes of the Party on him; but also the eyes of the FBI.
4, 1969, the FBI, working through state agencies in Chicago, and
utilizing an inside snitch and infiltrator named William O'Neal,
carried out a murderous
attack on 2337 W. Monroe St., a small apartment building in the
drawn up a floorplan of the apartment, showing where people slept,
and where guards were stationed. He also tampered with the weapons
laced Fred Hampton's Kool Aid with secobarbitol, a barbituate which
induced sleep. During the raid, several Panthers would try to awaken
the drugged Chairman, but
he was too deeply under to budge. Several cops killed him as he
slept, in his bed. They also murdered Mark Clark, a captain from
old Brenda Harris was shot twice, while lying unarmed, in her bed.
Several Panthers were also shot.
The state and
federal so-called 'investigations' were whitewashes.
In late December,
1969, several BPP members and supporters left in a rickety sedan
to join the Chicago chapter in their remembrance of their murdered
leader. The chapter also did something extraordinary: they tore
down the police tape, and ran tours through the dark, chilled apartment,
to show the people directly, what happened on Monroe. We walked
through the scene of carnage, and it was like walking through the
inside of a block of Swiss cheese. Bullet holes lined the walls,
revealing police machinegun fire.
But the bedroom,
where Fred and his wife, Deborah**, were sleeping, looked like a
mortuary. Thick blood still caked the floor; and a mattress lay
soaked, dark with the blood of Fred Hampton. If you looked at the
walls of the bedroom, all shots seemed to converge where Fred's
body once laid.
As Rene Johnson
and I walked out of the Monroe St. apartment, our eyes adjusting
to the gray winter light, we saw a line, running all the way down
the block, and around the corner, of Black Chicagoans, waiting to
view the death scene.
One of the
supporters from Philadelphia, who had helped drive us to Chicago,
had been somewhat reluctant to join the Party, although she would
help. She was a young mother, and knew that such a life was dangerous.
But after walking through the apartment of West Monroe St., her
heart was hardened; her mind was set.
was no longer a supporter, but would join the Black Panther Party.
on Monroe St. were a joint action of the FBI and Chicago Police.
They would later call their operation a "success," for
they succeeded in extinguishing one of the brightest lights of the
Black Panther Party. To this date, not one state or federal agent
has ever served a second in jail for the premeditated, pre-planned,
of Hampton and Clark. In fact, the *only* people arrested, then,
and since, were Panthers. Presumed guilty of survival!
One of those
survivors, Deborah, would shortly give birth to Fred's son, a young
man who bears a striking resemblance and similar spirit, of his
Fred Hampton, Jr.!
There was death,
and life, on Monroe St.
who worked for Black liberation, and Power to the People
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