Sending Office: Honorable Bobby L. Rush
Fifty years ago, on December 4, 1969, my dear friend and Illinois Black Panther Party Chairman Fred Hampton was murdered by the Chicago Police Department and FBI as he slept in his bedroom. While this assassination ended Fred
Hampton’s life, it could not extinguish his legacy and the important work he did on behalf of the marginalized in Chicago and around the world. I was privileged to work alongside Fred in our righteous struggle, which continues to inform my work in Congress.
On Wednesday, December 4, 2019, I invite you to participate in a Special Order half-hour in commemoration of Fred Hampton’s commitment to social, racial, and economic justice.
Fred Hampton continuously worked to uplift and empower those who had been left behind by the American promise. Working mainly on the South and West Sides of Chicago, Fred and the Black Panther Party he led established robust social
welfare programs that addressed the critical needs of these communities. His noteworthy accomplishments included things like:
- A free medical clinic that made treatment and screening available for those who otherwise could not have accessed it;
- A free breakfast program that began under Fred’s leadership and served 4,000 children each morning;
- His work to build alliances across racial and ethnic lines with the goal of liberating all people from poverty and oppression that culminated in a partnership between the Black Panthers, Young Lords, and Young Patriots to form
a powerful rainbow coalition that fought together for a more fair and just society; and
- His role in brokering a peace agreement between street gangs, which bought peace to Chicago’s underserved communities.
Congress has much to learn from the spirit and legacy Fred Hampton left behind. Please join me in celebrating his life and works on Wednesday, December 4, 2019. If you would like to learn more or to participate, please contact
William Vogt in my office by email at
William.Vogt@mail.house.gov or by phone at 5-4372.
Bobby L. Rush
Member of Congress
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