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.

This video is distributed by the Video Data Bank at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. For more information: www.Videofreex.com.

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Chicago Bail Bond

Assata’s Daughters

Detroit Justice Center: The Bail Project

Minnesota Freedom Fund

Google Doc of Minneapolis Solidarity Donations

Milwaukee Freedom Fund


Hungry Monk Rescue Truck

Bed-Stuy Strong

South Brooklyn Mutual Aid

The Okra Project

Loveland Therapy Fund

Mi Casa Resiste

CPR Change the NYPD

Make the Road

Bukit Bail Fund: Pittsburgh

Seed of Wisdom – Mike Africa Jr.


Black Lives Matter DC

Baltimore Action Legal Team

Baltimore Ceasefire

Richmond Community Bail Fund

Black Church Food Security

Tidewater Solidarity Center


Not This Time! Seattle

Unite Oregon

PDX Protest Bail Fund

Anti Police Terror Project

California Coalition for Women Prisoners

Bay Area Anti- Repression Committee Bail Fund

Mutual Aid LA

Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE)


Austin Justice Coalition

400+1 Bail Fund Austin (prioritizes LGBTQIA BIPOC bail funds)

Restoring Justice (Houston)

Black Nurses Association, Greater Phoenix Area

Tuscon Second Chance Community Bail Fund

Native American Relief Fund, Santa Fe


Solidarity for the Unhoused in New Orleans

New Orleans Safety and Freedom Fund

Mississippi Bail Fund Collective

Athens Freedom Fund

Housing Justice League Atlanta

I Run With Maud

Nashville Community Bail Fund

Louisville Community Bail Fund

Charleston Protestor Fund


Florida LGBTQ Freedom Fund

Tampa Bay Community Support Fund

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Working document for scaffolding anti-racism resources.


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