Black Ancestors : FRED HAMPTON **** Memories of a Panther Martyr...

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  1. Isaiah

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    Just had to repost this, it is so inspiring...(smile!)



    Memories of a Panther Martyr:
    FRED HAMPTON

    By Mumia Abu-Jamal from death row

    "...[Y]ou can jail a revolutionary, but you can't jail the
    revolution. You can run a freedom fighter around the
    country but you can't run freedom fighting around the
    country. You can murder a liberator, but you can't
    murder liberation."
    -- Fred Hampton, April 27, 1969

    I never had the pleasure of meeting Chairman Fred Hampton
    in life.

    I read numerous articles about him in *The Black Panther*
    newspaper. I was impressed by this young man (who was
    older than I at the time), and I found his speeches inspiring.
    It was this ability, to organize and galvanize folks that had
    the eyes of the Party on him; but also the eyes of the FBI.

    On December 4, 1969, the FBI, working through state
    agencies in Chicago, and utilizing an inside snitch and
    infiltrator named William O'Neal, carried out a murderous
    attack on 2337 W. Monroe St., a small apartment building
    in the Windy City.

    O'Neal had drawn up a floorplan of the apartment,
    showing where people slept, and where guards were
    stationed. He also tampered with the weapons there, and
    laced Fred Hampton's Kool Aid with secobarbitol, a
    barbituate which induced sleep. During the raid, several
    Panthers would try to awaken the drugged Chairman, but
    he was too deeply under to budge. Several cops killed him
    as he slept, in his bed. They also murdered Mark Clark, a
    captain from Peoria, Illinois.

    Eighteen-year old Brenda Harris was shot twice, while
    lying unarmed, in her bed. Several Panthers were also shot.

    The state and federal so-called 'investigations' were
    whitewashes.

    In late December, 1969, several BPP members and
    supporters left in a rickety sedan to join the Chicago
    chapter in their remembrance of their murdered leader.
    The chapter also did something extraordinary: they
    tore down the police tape, and ran tours through the
    dark, chilled apartment, to show the people directly,
    what happened on Monroe. We walked through the
    scene of carnage, and it was like walking through the
    inside of a block of Swiss cheese. Bullet holes lined the
    walls, revealing police machinegun fire.

    But the bedroom, where Fred and his wife, Deborah**,
    were sleeping, looked like a mortuary. Thick blood
    still caked the floor; and a mattress lay soaked, dark
    with the blood of Fred Hampton. If you looked at the
    walls of the bedroom, all shots seemed to converge
    where Fred's body once laid.

    As Rene Johnson and I walked out of the Monroe St.
    apartment, our eyes adjusting to the gray winter light,
    we saw a line, running all the way down the block, and
    around the corner, of Black Chicagoans, waiting to view
    the death scene.

    One of the supporters from Philadelphia, who had
    helped drive us to Chicago, had been somewhat
    reluctant to join the Party, although she would help.
    She was a young mother, and knew that such a life
    was dangerous. But after walking through the apartment
    of West Monroe St., her heart was hardened; her mind
    was set.

    Rosemari Mealy was no longer a supporter, but would
    join the Black Panther Party.

    The murders on Monroe St. were a joint action of the
    FBI and Chicago Police. They would later call their
    operation a "success," for they succeeded in extinguishing
    one of the brightest lights of the Black Panther Party. To
    this date, not one state or federal agent has ever served a
    second in jail for the premeditated, pre-planned, murders
    of Hampton and Clark. In fact, the *only* people arrested,
    then, and since, were Panthers. Presumed guilty of survival!

    One of those survivors, Deborah, would shortly give
    birth to Fred's son, a young man who bears a striking
    resemblance and similar spirit, of his martyred father:
    Fred Hampton, Jr.!

    There was death, and life, on Monroe St.

    Fred Hampton, who worked for Black liberation,
    and Power to the People -- remembered.

    Copyright 2004 Mumia Abu-Jamal

    **Now known as Akua Njeri, (still a freedom fighter!)

    [Mr. Jamal's upcoming work, *WE WANT FREEDOM:
    A Life in the Black Panther Party*, will be available
    soon from South End Press, Cambridge, MA.
    (www.southendpress.org).]







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    The Murder of Fred Hamptom, Part 1

     
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