My road in life has been direct.
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."