65 years ago a true freedom fighter and revolutionary lover of justice and hue-manity made his earthly debut...Who knew that in only 21 short bright shining years that Fred Hampton, Sr., would cement his legacy as one of the greatest advocates for the liberation and justice for Black people in particular and for good people in general? He was coldly assassinated Dec. 4, 1969, on orders of the State under the auspices of both the Illinois State Attorney's Office of Edward Hanrahan and the F.B.I. of J. Edgar Hoover...His last meal was prepared by his head bodyguard and trusted confidante, a man named William O'Neal...Hampton just came from teaching an exhaustive political education course to an enthused audience that included BPP members as well as members of the community...O'Neal allegedly put some type of drug in Hampton's food to make him extra drowsy and tired for the tragic event to come...O'Neal was actually a double agent and informant for the F.B.I...Years later overcome by allegedly guilt and torment, O'Neal,whose name was changed and put in the Federal Witness Program at one point, committed suicide by running across the Eisenhower Expressway and getting hit by a car n January 1990...It was O'Neal who gave his F.B.I. handlers the blueprint of Hampton's apartment for the Chicago Police Department raid in the early morning hours of Dec. 4, 1969, which ended Hampton's life while he lay asleep next to his pregnant fiance, Deborah Johnson, who was 8 months pregnant and would give birth to his freedom fighting namesake just a few short weeks later...Also lost was BPP leader Mark Clark who fired the only shot from his rifle in reaction to getting hit in the chest while he died sleeping/sitting on the couch...Chairman Fred was given a truly Revolutionary State Funeral of which over 5,000 people attended and included such luminaries as Ralph Abernathy of MLK's SCLC and Rev. Jesse Jackson as well as representatives from the Young Lords and the Weather Underground and other radical and street organizations that Chairman Fred colorfully dubbed his 'rainbow coalition'...Jackson noted while eulogizing the slain BPP leader that "when Fred was shot in Chicago, Black people in particular, and decent people in general, bled everywhere."
Although in the immediate aftermath and the days following the State tried to cover its role in the slaughter at the apartment on West Monroe Street on the West Side of Chicago, the truth eventually came out...Thousands of folks made pilgrimages to the West Side Chicago apartment where Hampton and Clark were crucified and martyred to see for themselves just how devilish, barbaric and depraved the machinations of the State was in getting rid of those who were truly obstacles to the status quo and agitators for justice and hue-manity...Many were more than shocked by what they observed with one elderly Black woman calling it 'a northern lynching'...The public outcry and demands for a true inquiry by outside agencies into the tragedy was mounting and all but assured from that time on....In a lengthy civil lawsuit trial that eventually awarded the grieving families of Hampton and Clark 1.85 million dollars along with the U.S. Sen. Frank Church Committee hearings of the 1970s which documented the State use of terrorism against its own citizens through the use of such projects as COINTELPRO, the evidence has been officially documented and available for all time that exonerates Chairman Fred of any true wrongdoing while at the same time showing the State and its actions in a very harsh, grim and disturbing light for all time...
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