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10 Facts About Black Panther Party Leader Fred Hampton

10 Facts About Black Panther Party Leader Fred Hampton

Fred Hampton led Illinois’s Black Panther Party from 1968 until his death the following year. Fred Hampton met his fiancée, Akua Njeri, when she was a college student. During his time as chairman of Illinois’s Black Panther Party, Hampton worked with the Young Lords, a Puerto Rican gang-turned-civil rights organization, to encourage activism and community organization. Then-FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover deemed the Black Panther Party \"the greatest threat to the internal security of the country.\" Chicago also celebrates Hampton on December 4 thanks to a successful 1990 proposal that declared it Fred Hampton Day.

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