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Screening: “The Murder of Fred Hampton: The Struggle Continues”, followed by Panel discussion
January 29, 2017 • 7:00 pm(All times are in PDT)
“Hampton struggled against the same problems black America faces today, and lost his life for it. His life mattered.” – David A. Love, The Grio
The landmark documentary The Murder of Fred Hampton (1971, 88 min.), by Howard Alk and Michael Gray, is a testament to black activism and a chilling record of covert police and FBI actions. Begun in 1969 to portray the activities of the Chicago branch of the Black Panther Party and its dynamic young leader, Fred Hampton, the film becomes a passionate, clear-eyed response to Hampton’s brutal assassination by police later that year. “Hampton’s killing was the gravest domestic crime of the Nixon administration,” Noam Chomsky has said.
The screening is followed by a panel discussion with artist Sam Durant, activist and educator Ericka Huggins, and UCLA scholar Robin Kelley.