Fred's Open Road

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FRED HAMPTON JR

Activist/Chairman
Prisoners of Conscience Committee

“Heads up, eyes open, and fists clenched.”

INTERESTS:

Politics

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Struggle

TAGS:

civil rights, freedom, future, revolutionary, the black panthers, the system

BIOGRAPHY:

Fred Hampton Jr. has a long family history of activism for African American rights. His Father, Fred Hampton was involved in the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and later became the leader of the Chicago chapter of the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense. He was murdered in a raid conducted by the Chicago Police Department and the FBI. Fred Hampton Jr. followed in the footsteps of his father. In 1990 he became the President of the International People's Democratic Uhuru Movement, which is an organization created to ensure democratic rights for African American people. In 1993, he was convicted of arson resulting after the nationwide protests of the 1992 beating of Rodney King, and was sentenced to eighteen years in prison. In 2001 he was paroled. Today Fred is the Chairman and founder of the Prisoners of Conscience Committee (POCC).

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