Word to Chairmen Freddy, Mark Clark

from Lowkey (Ft. Black The Ripper & M-1) – Obama Nation (Part 2) Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

M1 is paying his respects to Deputy Chairman Fred Hampton Sr. and Defense Captain Mark Clark who were predominant members of the Illinois Black Panthers Party. They were assassinated by the FBI under the order of J. Edgar Hoover.

[Pictured: Mark Clark (Left) and Fred Hampton (Right)]

As Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, J. Edgar Hoover ordered COINTELPRO personnel to “destroy what the Black Panther Party stands for” and to “eradicate its ‘serve the people’ programs.” The FBI coerced a young African-American named William O'Neal to provide insider details on the organization as an FBI informant. As an informant, his job was specifically to find harmful information to discredit the Illinois Black Panther Party (BPP). After nothing was found, the FBI implemented a plan to assassinate the leadership of the BPP

At approximately 1:30am, on December 4, 1969, William O'Neal slipped drugs into Fred Hampton’s drink and left his apartment. Around three hours later, at 4:45am, Chicago police and special tactics units shot 99 rounds into the apartment at 2337 W. Monroe on the city’s west side killing Fred Hampton, Mark Clark, and seriously wounding four other Black Panther members. Other members, including Fred Hampton’s 8 month pregnant wife, Deborah Johnson (aka Akua Njeri), were beaten, dragged into the street, and charged with assault and attempted murder.

Not one officer spent a day in jail.

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