Fred's Open Road
Fred Hampton Jr. highlight (1:55)
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San Jose Team
Public Television: Season 4
FRED HAMPTON JR
Activist / Chairman
Prisoners of Conscience Committee
civil rights, freedom, future, revolutionary, the black panthers, the system
- His father, Fred Hampton was involved in the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).
- Father later led the Chicago chapter of the Black Panther Party; was slain in raid conducted by the Chicago Police Department, FBI.
- Fred followed in his father's footsteps and worked as an activist.
- In 1990, became President of the International People's Democratic Uhuru Movement-ensures democratic rights for African Americans.
- Convicted of arson during the 1992 Rodney King riots, was sentenced to 18 years in prison.
- Says in his occupation, from day to day he "dances with death," so he rarely thinks about his future.
- He faces death, prison, trials everyday but says "if we spend more time thinking about that than doing work, we spend less time working for the people."
- Says you can't let fear or tragedy "stifle your growth; you gotta keep on doing what you do."