December 4 marks the 50th anniversary of the murders of Fred Hampton and Mark Clark, local leaders in the Black Panther Party. These young revolutionary activists were shot in a police raid on a Panther residence on Chicago’s West Side during the infamous "search for illegal weapons" authorized by then-State's Attorney Edward V. Hanrahan.
Join us for a conversation with attorneys Jeffrey Haas and Flint Taylor. In 1969 they, and two other attorneys, set up the People’s Law Office. Clients included the Black Panthers, Students for a Democratic Society members and other political activists.
Haas and Taylor represented the families of Hampton and Clark in the marathon civil rights case that proved the deadly raid was set up by the FBI’s covert Cointelpro Program, targeting Hampton in particular as a “Black Messiah who could unite and electrify the Black masses.” Haas and Taylor went on to handle cases involving prisoners’ rights, police torture and the wrongfully accused.
Audience members, including former Panthers, will be asked to add their recollections of Hampton and Clark.
You may also tour the All Power to the People: Celebrating the Legacy of the Illinois Chapter of the Black Panther Party exhibit in the Harsh Research Collection.