Tuesday, December 4, 2018 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews
On Dec. 4, 1969, Fred Hampton, the chairman of the Illinois Black Panther Party, was assassinated during a raid in his Chicago apartment by local and federal law enforcement officials.
The event turned Hampton, a native of Maywood, into an international human rights martyr. To commemorate Hampton’s tragic death, his family members, along with relatives of Black Panther Mark Clark, who was also killed during the raid, are hosting a day of events today, Dec. 4.
The day started at noon, with the reading of a solidarity statement by the Hampton and Clark families at 2337 W. Monroe in Chicago, the site of the raid.
At 2 p.m., they will convene at the Chairman Fred Hampton Wall, 2748 W. Madison St. in Chicago. At 5 p.m., relatives will host a tour of Hampton’s boyhood home at 804 S. 17th Ave. in Maywood.
The day will culminate with a film viewing and panel discussion at Hampton’s alma mater, Irving Middle School, 805 S. 17th Ave. in Maywood, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. VFP
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