Fred Hampton’s Childhood Home To Become Community Center To Preserve Black Panther’s Legacy — And Continue Party’s Work


GARFIELD PARK — The recently released movie “Judas and the Black Messiah” dramatizes the prohibited FBI evaluation of this Black Panther Party, culminating at the police raid that killed Fred Hampton, chairman of the Illinois chapter.

In real life, Hampton’s family remains fighting to guard his legacy by attempting to change his childhood home to a headquarters which will memorialize and keep their work of the visionary pioneer.

A GoFundMe for the Save Hampton House has ignored beyond its $350,000 goal to help bring back the house up to code and also cover to transform it into a neighborhood resource centre. The house at 804 S. 17th Ave. in Maywood was in foreclosure prior to being bought by Hampton’s relatives, that are looking for landmark status for your house to protect it from demolition. 

Fred Hampton

Hampton House will record the genuine background of this Black Panthers via a museum and governmental education applications, stated Chairman Fred Hampton Jr., Hampton’s son and chief of this Black Panther Party Cubs.

Visitors are going to have the ability to see the Hampton House to find out “the history of the Black Panther Party, the 10-point-platform,” Hampton Jr. said. The home are also a headquarters for programs and resources that follow the version of their survival applications started from the Panthers from the 60s to assist Black individuals failed by the authorities satisfy their fundamental requirements.

The home has begun a community garden to give food for neighbors “in the spirit of the Black Panther Party’s free breakfast program.” The home will also have a recording studio to conduct audio applications and server Hampton Jr.’s Free ‘Em All Radio, a weekly broadcast “which is done in the spirit of the Black Panther Party newsletter,” Hampton said.

It’s very important to fans of this movie to find the complete truth of this Panthers, Hampton Jr. said, such as chapters of history which weren’t palatable to get a Hollywood production.

“The revolutionary is never satisfied. We wish we could have gotten more political content in,” Hampton Jr. said.

Hampton’s household was educated on “Judas and the Black Messiah,” unlike a number of other movie projects made with no involvement which “attempt to revise history,” Hampton Jr. said.

The movie starring Daniel Kaluuya and LaKeith Stanfield brings attention to government tries to ruin pro-Black moves, but the movie’s creative liberties fall short on correctly mimicking the Black Panthers’ history along with the party’s battle for Black liberation, Hampton’s family stated.

The movie also exaggerates the function FBI informant Bill O’Neil had from the Black Panther hierarchy, Hampton Jr. said. The Focus of the film on O’Neil instead of to this revolutionary platform of the Panthers caused “struggles for everything from the script to proposed titles,” Hampton Jr. said.

Judas along with the Black Messiah. Ryan Stetz (HBO)

Hampton Jr. said he clashed with manufacturers on regions of the script which could have experienced particular’Neil’s character recite segments of speeches which were actually given by Hampton, he explained.

“We took a hard line about this. This is a no-go,” Hampton Jr. said.

Hampton Jr. launched a podcast Friday that requires a deeper dip into account of this Black Panthers in Chicago than that which was possible within the movie. The Judas and the Black Messiah podcast also shares what it was similar to theirs as Hampton’s household pushed manufacturers to remain true to radical message of this Black Panthers.

Future episodes will dig right into more present struggles for racial justice, such as discussions on incarceration along with the pandemic, Hampton Jr. said.

“It talks about some of the realities of Chairman Fred. It talks about what wasn’t put in the movie, what was touchy subjects and what positions we took that couldn’t go, ranging from which organizations could be mentioned to who was represented,” Hampton Jr. said.

Pascal Sabino is a Report for America corps member covering Austin, North Lawndale and Garfield Park for Block Club Chicago.

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