Fred Hampton on your campus
You can't resist his HiiiPower

from Kendrick Lamar – HiiiPower Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Fred Hampton was a charismatic African-American activist who was also associated with the Black Panthers. He was a revolutionary who joined at 19 and amazingly became a leader of their Chicago, Illinois chapter at 20.

Hampton was for the people and was constantly at work, whether he was teaching daily Political Education classes or helping at a Free People’s Clinic. He eventually also launched a community control of police project to help curb the destructive nature of citizen-police relations. Remember, it was an era of racism. He also helped to form the BPP’s Free Breakfast Program and before his death, was scheduled to become the Chief of Staff for their central committee.

As Jay-Z notes, Fred Hampton was brutally assassinated in his apartment on December 4th, 1969. This was carried out not by a rogue citizen or gunman, but by the Chicago police who worked in conjunction with the FBI. Murder to excellence indeed.

There’s much more to say on this man so research is recommended. In any case, respect is due.

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