Fred's Open Road

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  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    San Jose Team

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    Chicago, IL

  • AIRED ON:

    Public Television: Season 4

  • ON DVD:

FRED HAMPTON JR

Activist/Chairman
Prisoners of Conscience Committee

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

INTERESTS:

Politics

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Struggle

FOUNDATION:

Upholding a cause I believe in

TAGS:

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

BIOGRAPHY:

  • 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.”

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