Fred Hampton, a prominent civil rights leader, was born on August 30, 1948, in Chicago, Illinois.
A dynamic advocate for racial justice, Hampton led the NAACP’s Youth Council in Maywood, excelling in both academics and athletics during high school.
In 1968, he joined and soon led the Chicago chapter of the Black Panther Party (BPP), where he utilized his experience from the NAACP.
He distinguished himself within the BPP by creating the first “Rainbow Coalition” which comprised a diverse group of organizations.
Moreover, Hampton actively organized rallies, launched a Free Breakfast program and initiated peace negotiations among rival gangs.
Despite his impactful work, Hampton became the target of an FBI investigation.
Tragically, on December 4, 1969, Hampton and fellow Panther Mark Clark were killed during a Chicago police raid.
His funeral, attended by over 5,000 people, included eulogies from revered activists like Ralph Abernathy and Jesse Jackson.
Here is a great collection of Fred Hampton for you.
Fred Hampton Quotes to Inspire You
1. “Why don’t you live for the people? Why don’t you struggle for the people? Why don’t you die for the people?” ~ (Fred Hampton).
2. “I have a lot of respect for Martin Luther King. I think he was one of the greatest orators that the country ever produced.” ~ (Fred Hampton).
3. “Don’t worry about the Black Panther Party. As long as you keep the beat, we’ll keep on going.” ~ (Fred Hampton).
4. “We don’t need no culture except revolutionary culture. What we mean by that is a culture that will free you.” ~ (Fred Hampton).
5. “I’m not going to die slipping on no ice.” ~ (Fred Hampton).
6. “You have to understand that people have to pay a price for peace. If you dare to struggle, you dare to win.” ~ (Fred Hampton).
7. “People have to be armed to have power, you see.” ~ (Fred Hampton).
8. “You can jail a revolutionary, but you can’t jail the revolution.” ~ (Fred Hampton).
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9. “They talked us into buying candy bars and throwing the candy away and eating the wrapper.” ~ (Fred Hampton).
10. “We’re gonna have to do more than talk. We’re gonna have to do more than listen. We’re gonna have to do more than learn. We’re gonna have to start practicing and that’s very hard. We’re gonna have to start getting out there with the people and that’s difficult. Sometimes we think we’re better than the people so it’s gonna take a lot of hard work.” ~ (Fred Hampton).
11. “In plain proletarian worker’s language, it takes two to tango.” ~ (Fred Hampton).
12. “You don’t miss the water ‘til the well runs dry.” ~ (Fred Hampton).
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13. “Everything would be alright if everything was put back in the hands of the people, and we’re going to have to put it back in the hands of the people.” ~ (Fred Hampton).
14. “Power anywhere where there’s people!” ~ (Fred Hampton).
15. “We have to start learning, and you learn through practice. We have to start making mistakes, and you learn through making mistakes.” ~ (Fred Hampton).
16. “And how do they fool you? Because they pick the leaders they want. And they put those people up there and portray them as being your leaders when, in fact, they’re leaders of nobody.” ~ (Fred Hampton).
17. “We know that political power doesn’t flow from the sleeve of a dashiki. We know that political power flows from the barrel of a gun.” ~ (Fred Hampton).
18. “We say that we will work with anybody and form a coalition with anybody that has revolution on their mind.” ~ (Fred Hampton).
19. “We understood that politics is nothing but war without bloodshed and war is nothing but politics with bloodshed.” ~ (Fred Hampton).
20. “I’m telling you that we’re living in an infectious society right now. I’m telling you that we’re living in a sick society. And anybody that endorses integrating into this sick society before it’s cleaned up is a man who’s committing a crime against the people.” ~ (Fred Hampton).
Famous Fred Hampton Quotes
21. “With no education, you have neocolonialism instead of colonialism, like you’ve got in Africa now and like you’ve got in Haiti. So what we’re talking about is there has to be an educational program. That’s very important.” ~ (Fred Hampton).
22. “A lot of people don’t understand the Black Panthers Party’s relationship with white mother country radicals.” ~ (Fred Hampton).
23. “Changing your name is not gonna change our set of arrangements. The only thing that’s gonna change our set of arrangements is what’s gotten us into this set of arrangements. And that’s the oppressor.” ~ (Fred Hampton).
24. “Let me just say: Peace to you, if you’re willing to fight for it.” ~ (Fred Hampton).
25. “Nothing is more important than stopping fascism, because fascism is gonna stop us all.” ― Fred Hampton
26. “I believe I’m going to die doing the things I was born to do. I believe I’m going to die high off the people. I believe I’m going to die a revolutionary in the international revolutionary proletarian struggle.” ~ (Fred Hampton).
27. “We say it’s no longer a question of violence or non-violence. We say it’s a question of resistance to fascism or non-existence within fascism.” ~ (Fred Hampton).
28. “I was born in a bourgeois community and had some of the better things in life, but I found that there were more people starving than there were people eating, more people that didn’t have clothes than did have clothes, and I just happened to be one of the few. So I decided that I wouldn’t stop doing what I’m doing until all those people are free.” ~ (Fred Hampton).
29. “We’re not metaphysicians, we’re not idealists, we’re dialectical materialists. And we deal with what reality is, whether we like it or not.” ~ (Fred Hampton).
30. “Socialism is the people! You afraid of yourself. If you afraid of socialism, you afraid of yourself.” ~ (Fred Hampton).
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31. “We ain’t gonna fight no reactionary pigs who run up and down the street being reactionary; we’re gonna organize and dedicate ourselves to revolutionary political power and teach ourselves the specific needs of resisting the power structure, arm ourselves, and we’re gonna fight reactionary pigs with international proletarian revolution.” ~ (Fred Hampton).
32. “When you leave here, leave here saying, the last words, before you go to bed tonight, say, “I am a revolutionary.” Make that the last words in case you don’t wake up. Then somebody might believe it and you might, you know, end up in, what they call it, revolutionary happy hunting grounds.” ~ (Fred Hampton).
33. “Black people need some peace. White people need some peace. And we are going to have to fight. We’re going to have to struggle. We’re going to have to struggle relentlessly to bring about some peace, because the people that we’re asking for peace, they are a bunch of megalomaniac warmongers, and they don’t even understand what peace means.” ~ (Fred Hampton).
34. “Like we always said, if you’re asked to make a commitment at the age of twenty and you say I don’t want to make that commitment only because of the simple reason that I’m too young to die, I wanna live a little bit longer—what you did is, you’re dead already.” ~ (Fred Hampton).
35. “A lot of people get the word revolution mixed up and they think revolution’s a bad word. Revolution is nothing but like having a sore on your body and then you put something on that sore to cure that infection.” ~ (Fred Hampton).
36. “First of all, we say primarily that the priority of this struggle is class. That Marx, and Lenin, and Che Guevara end Mao Tse-Tung and anybody else that has ever said or knew or practiced anything about revolution, always said that revolution is a class struggle. “ ~ (Fred Hampton).
37. “Yes, we do defend our office as we do defend our homes. This is a constitutional right everybody has, and nothing’s funny about that. The only reason they get mad at the Black Panther Party when you do it is for the simple reason that we’re political.” ~ (Fred Hampton).
38. “I am the people, I’m not the pig. You got to make a distinction. And the people are going to have to attack the pigs. The people are going to have to stand up against the pigs. That’s what the Panthers is doing, that’s what the Panthers are doing all over the world.” ~ (Fred Hampton).
39. “We’re going to fight racism not with racism, but we’re going to fight with solidarity. We say we’re not going to fight capitalism with black capitalism, but we’re going to fight it with socialism.” ~ (Fred Hampton).
40. “The Black Panther Party stood up and said that we don’t care what anybody says. We don’t think fighting fire with fire is best; we think you fight fire with water best.” ~ (Fred Hampton).
41. “We do not support people who are anarchistic, opportunistic, adventuristic, and Custeristic.” ~ (Fred Hampton).
Inspiring Fred Hampton Quotes
42. “We said nobody would shoot a Panther but a pig, because Panthers don’t pose a threat to anybody but pigs.” ~ (Fred Hampton).
43. “You can’t build a revolution with no education. Jomo Kenyatta did this in Africa, and because the people were not educated, he became as much an oppressor as the people he overthrew.” ~ (Fred Hampton).
44. “We’re not a racist organization, because we understand that racism is an excuse used for capitalism, and we know that racism is just – it’s a byproduct of capitalism.” ~ (Fred Hampton).
45. “We have Breakfast for Children because we teach the people, through practice, through observation and participation, that people can be there, free.” ~ (Fred Hampton).