On December 4, 1969, Fred Hampton—21-year-old chairman of the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party—was assassinated by Chicago police officers working with the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office.

Hampton was a leading activist in Chicago who was shot and killed by city police in an early morning raid in 1969.

“I arrived on the day Fred Hampton died.” Jay-Z delivers this line from Watch The ’s “Murder To Excellence” with such hyperbole that you almost miss that he’s telling the truth. Indeed, on December 4th 1969 Fred Hampton, the chairman of the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party, was murdered in his bed by […]