BLACK HISTORY SPOTLIGHT : FRED HAMPTON !

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BY:LEON KWASI KUNTUO-ASARE

The African-American civil rights activists and black power revolutionary, Fred Hampton was born in Summit, Illinois on August 30, 1948.

Sadly he would lose his life way too soon, when on December 4, 1969, Fred Hampton would be assassinated, while asleep. That murder would done by the corrupt Chicago Police Department ,with the assistance of the FBI’s counter intelligence program ( cointelpro ), under the supervision of racist J. Edgar Hoover.

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Despite having his beautiful life cut to a meager 21 years, Fred Hampton would do more for the African-American community, than most could do in four life times.

After graduating from Proviso East High School in 1966, Fred Hampton enrolled at Triton Junior College in River Grove, Illinois, majoring in pre-law. During this time he would also begin his life path of activism, first getting involved with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), becoming a youth Organizer of that organization. After proving he had great leadership capability, Fred Hampton would go on to become Chairman of the Illinois Chapter of the Black Panther Party (BPP) and then become the National Black Panther Party’s deputy Chairman. Where he used his leadership role in the black power movement to fight for social change and racial justice through his own brand of community organizing and nonviolent activism.

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FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION WATCH THESE THREE SHORT NEWS VIDEOS ON HOW THE FBI’S COINTELPRO ( COUNTER INTELLIGENCE PROGRAM ) ASSISTED THE CHICAGO PD WITH THE ASSASSINATION OF FRED HAMPTON :

VIDEO #1.

VIDEO #2.

VIDEO #3.

FOR EVEN MORE INFORMATION USE LINK :

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fred_Hampton

BLACK HISTORY SPOTLIGHT : MEDGAR EVERS!

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BY:LEON KWASI KUNTUO-ASARE

Medgar Evers was born in Decatur, Mississippi, on july 2, 1925, to mother Jesse and father James Evers.

After graduating from a segregated high school, in the Jim Crow south, he joined the United States army during World War 2, from 1943 to 1945. After his service to the country, he would be honorably discharged as a sergeant.

In 1948 Evers began studying at the historically black college, Alcorn College ( now Alcorn State University ).

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While still in college he would marry his college sweetheart Myrlie Beasley, they would eventually have three children together. In 1952 he graduated college with a Bachelor’s of Arts degree.

In 1952 Evers started to get involved in activism, Medgar and his brother Charles began to go to RCNL (Regional council of Negro Leadership ) conferences and even helped in boycotts against gas stations that refused to allow black customers to use public restrooms.

In 1954 Evers applied to the racially segregated University of Mississippi law school, but was denied because he was black. He submitted the application in concert with the NAACP, as a test case. Later that year the United States Supreme Court ruled that segregation in all public schools, which included State Universities was unconstitutional.

Late in 1954 Evers was named NAACP’s first field secretary for Mississippi, as field secretary helped organize boycotts and setup local NAACP chapters.

In Evers role as a civil rights leader, he also began to investigate racist crimes against black people, which also included investigating the lynching of teenager Emmit Till. These investigation made Evers a target of white supremacist domestic terrorists.

On may 28, 1963,a molotov cocktail was thrown into his home and on june 7, 1963, Evers was nearly ran over as he left the NAACP office in Jackson, Mississippi.

Only 5 days later, on june 12, 1963 after returning from a meeting with NAACP lawyers, Evers was shot in his back by an Enfield Rifle, he would die at a local hospital.

Evers was buried on June 19, 1963 at Arlington National Cemetery, where he received full military honors as army veteran.

Byron De La Beckwith was arrested by was not convicted of Evers assassination until 1994.

WATCH THIS SHORT DOCUMENTARY FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION USE LINK :

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Medgar_Evers