Iberia Hampton, center, and Bill Hampton, right, during a season-opening ribbon-cutting of the Fred Hampton Aquatics Center. | File
Sunday, October 16, 2016 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews || UPDATED: 10/23/16
Iberia Hampton, the mother of Black Panther icon Fred Hampton, Dee Dee Hampton and local community leader Bill Hampton passed away this morning, her relatives have said. She was 94 years old.
Hampton had been recovering from a stroke, said Bill, who noted that his mother’s body would likely be taken to her native Louisiana and buried next to her husband.
“She was a strong lady who influenced me in a lot of positive ways,” Bill said during an interview today. “She taught me the rights and wrongs of life. She always told us to be concerned about our community and our race.”
Hampton, who suffered through the Dec. 4, 1969 assassination of her youngest son, Fred, lived long enough to see the Black Panther leader become a global icon with a street and a pool in his hometown bearing his name.
Many of those honors are a result of the persistence of Fred’s older brother Bill, who during the decades since his brother’s passing has been a steward of the late Panther’s legacy, even establishing an annual scholarship for budding lawyers in the slain activist’s name.
Bill said plans are in the works for a memorial service to be held in Maywood in the coming days. More as this story develops. VFP
Correction: A previous version of this post incorrectly noted that Iberia Hampton was 95 years old. This post has since been updated. VFP regrets the error.
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