December 4, 1969: Two Members of Black Panther Party Killed By Police
On this day in 1969, Black Panther members Fred Hampton and Mark Clark were killed by 14 police while sleeping in their apartments in Chicago, Illinois. The raid was led by Cook County State’s Attorney Edward Hanrahan as government attempts to weaken the Black Power movement. Hampton and Clark died at age 21 and 22, respectively.
Delve deeper into the Black Power movement with PBS Black Culture Connection’s special collection feature on the Civil Rights Movement (1954-1985).
Photo: Black Panther Convention, Lincoln Memorial circa 1970 (Library of Congress).