Film and Discussion: The Murder of Fred Hampton

October 22, 2017 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
MIT Black Students' Union
BSU Lounge
Walker Memorial (50-105), 142 Memorial Dr, Cambridge
MA 02139
The MIT Student Activist Coalition

Join MIT’s Black Students Union and Student Activist Coalition in the BSU lounge to watch and discuss The Murder of Fred Hampton, a documentary released in 1971 that highlights the life, revolutionary organizing, and assassination of Fred Hampton by the Chicago Police Department.

Fred Hampton was the Chairman of the Illinois Chapter of the Black Panther Party, a Black communist organization that organized Black communities across the US against the systematic subjugation of Black and Brown people, most prominently white supremacist police terror and crushing urban poverty. Fred Hampton, only 20 when he was murdered by Chicago Police, was an electrifying public speaker and a tremendously skilled organizer. At the time of his murder, he was in the process of forging the Rainbow Coalition: an alliance that united the Black community led by the Panthers, the Puerto Rican community led by the Young Lords, and working-class whites led by the Young Patriots. The prospect of this unity, combined with the fear of the rise of a “Black messiah”, led the FBI (then directed by J. Edgar Hoover) to break into Fred Hampton’s home on December 4, 1969, and murder him in his sleep.

Fred Hampton and the Black Panther Party are now remembered as inspiring examples of the potential for oppressed peoples of all backgrounds to build collective power through revolutionary self-organization. In the year 2017, in which nearly 900 people in the US have been murdered by the police, we still stand to learn from Fred Hampton’s famous words: “Peace to you, if you’re willing to fight for it.”

Snacks will be provided!