Fred Hampton Jr. "What Is Blackness" Lecture at CSUMB
- When: Tuesday, February 5, 2008, time TBA
- Where: CSUMB University Center, Seaside
- Cost: Not available
- Age limit: Not available
Fred Hampton Jr. was destined to be a militant black nationalist. His father, a Black Panther member, was shot and killed in bed by Chicago police in a raid on a Black Panthers Party house. Fred Jr.'s mother was in bed next to Fred Sr. when it happened--she was pregnant with him at the time. In young adulthood, Fred Jr. formed a nationalist Uhuru organization, was arrested and tried for a number of crimes, acquitted for all of them, then finally convicted for a firebombing of a Korean store. He spent nine years in prison, forming the Prisoners of Conscience Committee there, which insists all prisoners are political prisoners. His views on art--that it should be purposefully political--have distanced him from mainstream rap artists like P. Diddy, but he's down others like with Mos Def. By chance, there will be Black Panther art at his speaking engagement at CSUMB's University Center Living Room. [WR]
7pm. CSUMB University Center, 6th Avenue and B Street, 100 Campus Center, Bldg. 29, Seaside. Free. 582-3329 or 582-3017.