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BPPFF11: The Murder of Fred Hampton


Howard Alk & Mike Gray, 1971, 89 min.

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, but also documents his activities in organizing the Chapter, his public speeches, and the programs he founded for children during the last eighteen months of his life. 

An unprecedented, historically significant documentary on the slain leader of the Illinois Chapter of the Black Panther Party, Fred Hampton, killed in 1969 by Chicago police while he slept in his bed in his apartment. Filmmakers Mike Gray and Howard Alk were already shooting a portrait of this charismatic speaker and community organizer when his murder occurred.

Followed by live performance by Horace Glasper, known for his work on Cuttin Da Mustard (2008), King of Stage: The Woodie King Jr. Story (2018) and Heaven Ain't Hard to Find (2010). He will be performing a skit entitled “Fred.” 

Followed by Short piece by King Downing "...But You Can't Kill A Revolution"

King Downing is an attorney and founder of the Human Rights-Racial Justice Center, which advo- cates and organizes on criminal and economic injustice, including police practices, racial profil- ing and mass incarceration. HRRJC advocacy ex- amples range from youth-criminal justice for the organization of Nicole Bell, (whose fiancé Sean Bell was killed by the NYPD) to the Ferguson Le- gal Defense Committee to tribal border sover- eignty. HRRJC is a member of the Campaign to End the New Jim Crow.

11th Annual Black Panther Party Film Festival 
Presented by the NY Black Panther Party Commemoration Committee
Dedicated to #7 of Black Panther Party 10 Point Program: “We want an immediate end to Police brutality.

Every night The 10 Point Program and Over 800 Years In Captivity will be shown.

Later Event: October 5
BPPFF11: Every Mother’s Son