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Malcolm London reads Fred Hampton, Power Anywhere Where There’s People (1969)

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Malcolm London, a teaching artist at Young Chicago Authors and a Louder Than a Bomb All Star, reads from Fred Hampton’s 1969 speech at Olivet Presbyterian Church in Chicago, in February 1969.

This performance was part of “The People Speak, Live!” at the Metro in Chicago, on January 31, 2012, produced by Voices of a People’s History (peopleshistory.us) in collaboration with Louder Than a Bomb: The Chicago Youth Poetry Festival.

As deputy chair of the Illinois Chapter of the Black Panther Party, Fred Hampton set up the Black Panther’s free breakfast program and coined the phrase “Rainbow Coalition” after forging a multi-racial alliance between Chicago’s gangs, eventually joined by groups including the Young Lords and Young Patriots. On December 4, 1969 a tactical unit of the Illinois State’s Attorney’s Office, supported by the FBI and Chicago Police Department, murdered the twenty-one-year-old Fred Hampton in his bed at 2337 West Monroe Street.


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