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Black Panther Party 50 Year Retrospective 

When: Mondays-Fridays. Continues through April 1 2018
On March 4, 1968, then-FBI director J. Edgar Hoover described in a memo his department's renewed focus on hindering the efforts of various black-led political organizations. Hoover wrote how he feared the rise of a black "messiah" who "could unify, and electrify, the militant black nationalist movement." Tellingly, the memo was sent exactly one month before the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., whom Hoover describes as "a very real contender for the position." But King wasn't the only leader the FBI had an interest in defeating. In 1969, Illinois Black Panther Party chairman Fred Hampton was killed at the age of 21 during an FBI-directed raid of his apartment. The story of the promising Hampton's brief life, and that of the BPP's Illinois chapter, is the subject of "Black Panther Party 50 Year Retrospective," now on view at the Westside Justice Center. Continue reading >>

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