Fred Hampton: Black Panthers in Chicago

The Videofreex conducted this interview with Fred Hampton, the Deputy Chairman of the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party, in October 1969, just over a month before he was killed by the Chicago police.

"We recorded Hampton with a wide-angle lens at the home of a wealthy Chicago woman named Lucy Montgomery. She owned a Prairie School house furnished with modern art. Hampton arrived late with a small entourage and paid no attention to the lavish surroundings. He looked tired but strong. He was chairman of the Illinois chapter of the party, and though he was just my age, he seemed so much older than me. If our crawling around to frame him from all different angles bothered him, he didn't let on. He had a message to impart and ignored the distraction."

— Parry D. Teasdale, Videofreex: America's First Pirate TV Station, Black-Dome Press

During the interview, Fred Hampton talks eloquently and passionately about the Free Breakfast for Children Program and Free Health Clinic set up by the Black Panthers to feed and tend to the poor and hungry. In response to a specific question about events in Chicago and the conspiracy trial, he talks about how those running the city are "crazy with power," about racism, fascism and imperialism, and the need to educate and organize, to lead by example. He criticizes the recent Weathermen actions, seeing the group as counter-revolutionaries. In reply to a question about how they will defend themselves from retaliations from the powers that be, Hampton says that the struggle is not about individual people, but the masses, and that there will always be new people coming up to replace them.

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Fred Hampton: Black Panthers in Chicago
Location Number
VFX-1118
Total Artist Royalty Percent
0.50
Closed Captioning Available
Yes
Digital Master
Yes
Dub Approved
Yes
Date Acquired
Transcript on File
Yes
In Distribution
Yes
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Videofreex

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United States
Lanquage(s)
English
Location Body



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FREDHAMPTO.jpg
Video Clip holder
sites/default/files/clips/FREDHAMPTO.mp4
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Videofreex
Location Name
staff
org_nid
3940
org_path
/titles/fred-hampton-black-panthers-chicago
org_running_time
24:00
org_production_year
1969
cost
$0.00
Height
2in.
Length
9in.
SKU
FREDHAMPTO
Sell Price
$0.00
Weight
0 lb.
Width
7in.
Aspect
Collection: 4:3
Catalog
Tags: video product
Video Feature
Featured Clips for Video Art Gallery (6)
Tags
Activism, African-American, Crime or Violence, Death and Dying, History, Interview, Race
Sound Type
Mono
Collection
Videofreex Archive, Single Titles
Color
B&W