It's essential that we remember folks like Fred Hampton Sr. always but especially during our so-called Black History Month.
Chairman Fred, a college student, and community activist founded the Chicago chapter of the Black Panther Party. Fred placed a high premium on community service and participation becoming instrumental in starting the Black Panther Free Breakfast and Medical Programs.
He brokered truces among Chicago's Black gangs and reached out to forge truces and relationships with other gangs throughout Chicago in hopes of creating a Rainbow Coalition.
Chairman Fred Hampton Sr. did not permit his youth to quell his desire to help people and his community. He seized the day, teaching political action classes as early as six in the morning.
What are you doing? What are you doing for your community?
(2) Fred Hampton, speech (1968)
Any program that's brought into our community should be analyzed by the people of that community. It should be analyzed to see that it meets the relevant needs of that community.
That's what the Breakfast for Children Program is. A lot of people think it's charity. But what does it do? It takes people from a stage to a stage to another stage. Any program that's revolutionary is an advancing program.
Revolution is change.
We say that the Breakfast for Children Program is a socialistic program. It teaches the people basically that - by practice. We thought up and let them practice that theory and inspect that theory. What's more important?
And a woman said, "I don't know if I like communism, and I don't know if I like socialism. But I know that the Breakfast for Children Program feeds my kids. And if you put your hands on that Breakfast for Children Program . . ." Speech courtesy of Spartacus International Educators
Fred Hampton Sr.
BE Careful! BE Mindful! BE Prayerful!