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Hampton, Fred

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Born: 1948 AD
Died: 1969 AD, at 21 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Activists

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1948 - Born in Chicago, Illinois. Hampton was a dangerous revolutionary leader, committed to the violent overthrow of the white-dominated system.

1966 - Attended Triton Junior College.

         - At Proviso East High School in Maywood, Hampton earned three varsity letters and won a Junior Achievement Award.

1967 - NAACP, Youth Council leader for West Suburban (Chicago) Branch.

1968 -  Founded and leader of Black Panther Party, Illinois Chapter.

         - Hampton joined the Black Panther Party and relocated to downtown Chicago, where he launched the party's Illinois chapter in November.

1969 - Hampton was killed in raid on the headquarters of the Illinois Chapter of the Black Panther party, in what was almost certainly a planned assassination orchestrated by Federal agents and city leaders, who feared that Hampton's influence could lead to an all-out armed uprising by the city's most disenfranchised residents.

1990 - Chicago City Council passed a resolution declaring "Fred Hampton Day" in honor of the slain leader.

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