Fred Hampton Jr.

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Fred Hampton Jr.
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Hampton Jr. speaking at a 2018 anti-war rally in Oakland
Born (1969-12-29) December 29, 1969 (age 49)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
OccupationActivist
Years active1988–present
Known forPrisoners of Conscience Committee/Black Panther Party Cubs
(Chairman)
Parent(s)Fred Hampton and Deborah Johnson

Fred Hampton Jr. (born December 29, 1969) is an African-American political activist and the son of Fred Hampton Sr. His father was a Black Panther who was killed by the Chicago police. Hampton's 19-year-old mother, Deborah Johnson, was nine months pregnant with him when Hampton Sr. was killed in her presence during the police raid of the early morning hours of December 4, 1969. Hampton Sr. was 21 at the time of his death.

Biography[edit]

Fred Hampton Jr. is the son of Black Panther leader Fred Hampton and his wife, Deborah Johnson.

He was given the name Alfred Johnson at birth. His mother had it legally changed to "Fred Hampton Jr." when he was ten years old.[1]

Hampton Jr. became the president of the International People's Democratic Uhuru Movement in 1990.

1993 conviction[edit]

In 1993, he was convicted of aggravated arson. The case involved the firebombing of a Korean grocery store in the aftermath of the 1992 nationwide protests after the acquittal of the Los Angeles Police Department officers who beat Rodney King. Hampton was sentenced to eighteen years in prison, and was paroled on September 14, 2001.

Pop culture[edit]

Hampton made an appearance in Michel Gondry's 2006 film Dave Chappelle's Block Party.[2] His trial forms the basis of Fall Out Boy's song "You're Crashing, But You're No Wave".[3] He and his father Fred Hampton Sr. are mentioned in the song "Behind Enemy Lines" by Dead Prez, as well as "Clap for the Killers" by Street Sweeper Social Club.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Langer, Adam (July 9, 1998). "Radical Without A Cause". Chicagoreader.com. Retrieved September 16, 2019.
  2. ^ Dargis, Manohla (March 3, 2006). "A Comedian's Ultimate Goal: Rock the Block". The New York Times.
  3. ^ "Fall Out Boy Album Deets". RollingStone.com. November 16, 2006. Archived from the original on February 3, 2013. Retrieved June 14, 2011.

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