Film Screening: The Murder of Fred Hampton

Fred Hampton was the leader of the Illinois Chapter of the Black Panther Party. This film depicts his brutal murder by the Chicago police and its subsequent investigation

The Murder of Fred Hampton (1971) began as a film portrait of Hampton and the Illinois Black Panther Party, but halfway through the shoot Hampton was murdered by Chicago policeman. In an infamous moment in Chicago history and politics, over a dozen policeman burst into Hampton’s apartment while its occupants were sleeping, killing Hampton and fellow Panther Mark Clark and brutalizing the other occupants. Filmmakers Mike Gray and Howard Alk arrived a few hours later to shoot film footage of the crime scene that was later used to contradict news reports and police testimony.  Noam Chomsky has called Hampton’s killing "the gravest domestic crime of the Nixon administration."

“You can jail the revolutionary, but you can’t jail the revolution…You might murder a freedom fighter like Bobby Hutton, but you can’t murder freedom fighting.” – Fred Hampton.

WHEN: Friday December 30,  8pm (running time: 1h 28min)
COST: Free (donations accepted, any amount)