Fred Hampton was a high school student and a promising leader when he joined the Black Panther Party at the age of 19. His status as a leader grew very quickly. By the age of 20 he became the leader for the Chicago Chapter of the Black Panther Party. He was in involved in a lot of activities to improve the black community in Chicago. He maintained regular speaking engagements and organized weekly rallies at the Chicago federal building on behalf of the BPP. He worked with a free People’s Clinic, taught political education classes every morning at 6am, and launched a community control of police project. Hampton was also instrumental in the BPP’s Free Breakfast Program. Hampton had the charisma to excite crowds during rallies, he was suppose to be appointed to the Party’s Central Committee. His position would have been Chief of Staff if he did not have an untimely death on the evening of December 4, 1969. His legacy is still alive in the members of the Black Panther Party. They are following the statement that Fred once said, “You can kill a revolutionary, but you can’t kill a revolution!”
Our History is Every Day of Every Month of Every Year. But since some designate it to this month, Lets Remember some History.A Black Dominican that knew and loved being Black! Carlos A. Cooks was born on June 23, 1913 in the Dominican Republic and died May 5th, 1966 in Harlem. During his 52 years on this planet, he passed through a phenomenal experience by spending his entire lifetime dedicated to the liberation of Africa, its universal communities, and all its peoples. This fact alone puts him among the ranks of the Hon. Marcus Garvey It was Carlos Cooks who coined the phrase “BUY BLACK” as an economic solvency in the various African Communities throughout America. It was Carlos Cooks who first formed an independent school, complete with a course in Kiswahili at a time (1954) when many of our people didn’t even know where Africa was, never mind what Swahili was. It was Carlos Cooks who first initiated the concept of natural hair as an issue of racial pride through his ANPM’s MISS NATURAL STANDARD OF BEAUTY CONTEST. A True Black Hero.
More than 180,000 African-Americans served in the U.S. Army during the Civil War. Nearly 40,000 of them lost their lives.