Bill Hampton, Activist And Keeper Of Brother Fred’s Legacy, Dies

Thursday, February 8, 2018 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews 

William Hampton, the Maywood Park District commissioner and brother of famous Black Panther leader Fred Hampton, died early Thursday morning. He was 71 years old.

Hampton’s death was confirmed by close friends, his nephew and workers at Symphony at Aria, a nursing home and rehabilitation facility in Hillside, where he had been recovering from an unspecified surgical procedure.

Hampton was the primary steward of his brother Fred’s legacy and a reservoir of knowledge on the black experience in Maywood and across the country, friends say.

“He was really loved here in the community — him and his whole family,” said Maywood Mayor Edwenna Perkins. “The [Black Panthers] started programs, such as the breakfast programs for children, that affected Maywood and the world. His whole family will be missed.” 

As recently as last year, the park district commissioner was consulting an upcoming biopic on Fred’s life to be directed by Antoine Fuqua.

Bill was a mountain of knowledge about black history in the United States,” said former Maywood trustee and fellow Maywood-Proviso Rotary Club member Gary Woll. 

“He had an amazing knowledge,” Woll added. “He could easily have been the one who led the Panthers all those years ago. He may not have been quite as articulate as his brother, but he was a mighty speaker for justice.” 

Dawn Williams-Rone, the president of the Maywood Park District commission, said that Hampton was a faithful community member and bigger-than-life presence.

“He and his family are institutions in Maywood and his contributions to the park district are endless,” she said. “There’s no price you can put on the value of his time as a commissioner. He will be sorely missed.”

“It’s such a tragedy that he is gone,” said Maywood trustee Isiah Brandon. “He represented so much history in regards to keeping the legacy of Fred Hampton alive and being able to provide opportunities for so many through the Fred Hampton Scholarship Foundation. I think that will leave a major impact in the community.” 

Hampton’s sister, Frances, died last August, a year after their mother, Iberia, died. They are survived by Fred’s only son, Fred Hampton, Jr.

More as this story develops. VFP

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8 thoughts on “Bill Hampton, Activist And Keeper Of Brother Fred’s Legacy, Dies”

  1. Oh no! He will be missed. He is now reunited with his mother and his siblings through all eternal. He left a huge legacy in the village of Maywood, and kept the legacy of his brother, Fred Hampton, Sr. His death won’t be in vain.

  2. Oh no! I am so shock of his passing. Bill Hampton left a huge legacy of carrying on his brother, Fred Hampton, Sr. He also passed down his wisdom and knowledge to the next generation of being the voice of the voiceless. I am forever humble of the words that he told me, and will definitely pass it down to the next generation. Thank you Bill. Maywood is now mourning. You’re now at peace in heaven, reunited with your mother and siblings through all eternal.

  3. Our sincere and deepest condolences to Family & Friends. 🌞Pilamaya…thank you for your Loving Heart!💞 💐RIP my Brother with honor & profound respect as you STAND STRONG on the Front Lines alongside our Most High Creator & ALL of Our Ancestorial Warriors. Eye salute you my Beloved Brother, from my Family and myself as a humble servant in the of The American Indian Movement 1968 to 1983 Security Los Angeles & 1983 Colorado Springs Security to 2018. “Mitakuye Oyasin”))))….for All my Relations)))) Eye’m with humility in the Struggle,
    Kaweah Red Elk

  4. Bill will be greatly missed. He picked up his brother’s torch and carried it so well, for decades. Bill touched so many lives. Bill rest in peach. You will be sorely missed. I am sorry that I did not personally know that you were ill. I would have wanted to be there for you as you were for A COUNTLESS NUMBER OF PEOPLE. You were so special Bill, we appreciate you!!!

  5. My brother,my friend. My heart is heavy and I am so saddened. When we talked about 2 weeks ago, I had no idea that it was this serious. I am in total shock.
    Rest my brother. Until we meet again.

  6. The family of former Mayor Ralph W. Conner would like to extend our condolences on the loss of another Maywood “son”. Bill was a great person and a tireless worker for his family and his community. “If a man dies, can he live again?”(Job 14:14)

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