Malcolm London, a teaching artist at Young Chicago Authors and a Louder Than a Bomb All Start, reads from Fred Hampton's 1969 speech at Olivet Church in Chicago.
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.
Here's how poet Idris Goodwin introduced the reading at the Metro:
Fred Hampton helped 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 the Young Lords, the Young Patriots, Students for a Democratic Society, and the Blackstone Rangers. 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-year-old Fred Hampton in his bed at 2337 West Monroe Street. Why would a 20 year old young black be such a threat to the nation? Here, poet Malcolm London, of the Louder Than a Bomb All Stars, reads from a talk Hampton gave at Olivet Church in 1969, soon before his murder.
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