Saturday, December 15, 2012

Carl Hampton, July 26, 1970

21-year-old Carl Hampton of Houston, Texas was a bountiful organizer devoting his life to organizing his community and promoting literacy, education and self empowerment. While working on a clothing and food drive, Hampton spotted a young African-American male being roughed up by police. He intervened and soon found himself a target by the police. The officers called for backup and Hampton and his fellow workers entered a building. As they attempted to leave, a Houston reporter by the name of Howard Dupree, pointed them out to police and Hampton was subsequently shot to death.

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