The fiancé of Fred Hampton, a black activist who was the Chairman of the Illinois Chapter of the Black Panther Party until his death in 1969, Akua Nejri spoke to students at ISU on Monday.
Hampton was killed in Chicago after an FBI raid on his apartment that a pregnant Nejri was present for. She recalled the night to students, telling them she has post-traumatic stress disorder and that she threw her body on Hampton’s to try to save him from the gunfire.
Nejri spoke of his legacy and the work he did before being killed at just 21-years-old.
“He was, how do you say, drafted to be the chairman of the chairman of the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party. He had amazing organizing skills,” she said. “Back in the day in Maywood black children could not use the swimming pools. Chairman Fred fought for that to happen.”
Their son, Fred Hampton Jr., was also supposed to speak about his father’s activism but had trouble arrive due to the weather.