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Breaking: Iberia Hampton, Mother of Fred Hampton, Dies at 94

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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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5 thoughts on “Breaking: Iberia Hampton, Mother of Fred Hampton, Dies at 94

  1. Wow! She lived a long life. Her and her husband did a wonderful job of raising their legendary son that changed the face of the radical times in American history in the 1960s. She will be missed.

  2. OUR CONDOLENCES TO THE HAMPTON FAMILY…TO GOD BE THE GLORY FOR ALL THE GOOD THINGS HE HAS DONE THROUGH MRS. HAMPTON..

  3. Dee Dee, Bill, Tay Tay and the Hampton Family. I am so sorry for the loss of your
    mom. I enjoyed the precious visits with her and the family during the past few years.
    My heart goes out to all of you as you cope with the void of her presence. She is an inspiring woman, full of great strength and wisdom.

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