Fred Hampton was a great inspirational leader in the Black Panther Party. Born August 30, 1948. Fred Hampton (former NAACP youth organizer) became Deputy Chairman of the Illinois Chapter of the Black Panther Party. Fred emerged as a natural leader, tenacious and energetic. He turned out to be a born orator. He could get a meeting jumping, clapping by breaking down ideas with wit & clarity and using images that community people could understand. In addition to his dedication to the Panthers, Fred Hampton was dedicated to the community and charismatically he took a leadership role on the streets of his community.
Fred Hampton’s focus was to organize his community and provide programs that were developed to help his community. We see a member of one of the most progressive political parties of his time, but not just a member but a powerful and energetic leader of the Panthers. He was willing to put himself on-the-line on a daily basis. He could instill in members of his community the same sense of activism, because he was a powerful spokesperson and a strong leader. He practiced leadership with an effortless combination of love, determination, and strength. He was willing to exercise his constitutional rights even in the face of such repressive acts as the unjustified raid on Panther Party Headquarters in which food for the Breakfast For Children were burned. He was devoted to his role as Chairman of the Illinois Chapter of the Black Panther Party. He was willing to stand up and speak out for liberation, for first class citizenship. His devotion to the Panthers and the improvement of life in of his community eventually cost him his life. But at the heart of Fred’s spirit is the orator. And it is Fred Hampton’s spirit and Bobby Rush’s organizational clarity, which pervaded the Black Panther Party chapter in Chicago. 
Leaders like Fred & Bobby were imbued with the moral and spiritual values which was reflected in the work that went into building the Black Panther Party and the programs the Black Panther Party established. Under Fred Hampton & Bobby Rushes leadership, the Black Panther Party Chapter established in Chicago developed into a stable and strong organization.
In Fred Hampton’s own words:” You have to understand that people have to pay a price for peace. You dare to struggle, you dare to win!”
“I believe I’m going to die doing the things I was born to do. I believe I’m going to die high off the people. I believe I’m going to die a revolutionary in the international revolutionary proletarian struggle.”
”You can kill a revolutionary but you can never kill the revolution.”
On December 4, 1969, a police raid killed Hampton & fellow Panther Mark Clark. Up to 60 Black Panther Party offices and homes all across United States where raided under the FBI COINTELPRO-police attacks, including the assassination of Fred Hampton and Mark Clark.
All Power To All The People!Bobby Seale http://bobbyseale.com/
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