The Black Panther Party and the Assassination of Fred Hampton

The Black Panther Party and the Assassination of Fred Hampton
Step 1: Background and the Ten Point Program
Question 1: What do you know about the Black Panthers already, based on lecture and any previous information?
Now, go to this website and review the copy of the Black Panther Party’s 10-Point Program: to an external site.
Question 2: What stands out to you about the 10 Points? Which did you think was the most interesting? Do they seem like reasonable goals to you? Why do you think these were their goals?
Step 2: Login in to Films on Demand
Go to the MU library website
Click on Databases (above the search bar)
Click on “F”
Click on “Films on Demand”
Login with your MU id
Search for “Eyes on the Prize: America’s Civil Rights Movement”
Select the result for the Series (should be the first option)

Step 3: Watch documentary excerpts from “Eyes on the Prize”
Click on the Episode “Power! 1967-1968”
BUT only watch from 20:03-37:12 [or Segments 6-12]
THEN click on the Episode “A Nation of Law? 1968-1971”
Watch from 0:00-31:14 [Segments 1-9]
Question 3: What did you learn about the Black Panther Party based on these documentary clips? What did you find surprising or interesting?
Question 4: Had you ever heard of Fred Hampton before? Why was he targeted by the FBI’s COINTELPRO program? What did you think or how did you feel about William O’Neal? What did you think or how did you feel about the raid on the apartment?

Step 4: Browse the Black Panther Party’s newspaper
Go to this website with digitized versions of the Black Panther Party’s newspaper: to an external site.
Choose one or two issues from 1968 or 1969 and browse the articles. You will have to choose THREE articles to talk about specifically.
Question 5: For each of the three articles, give a brief summary. You do not need to use complete sentences for the summary.
Question 6: How does each article add to what you know about the Black Panthers or Black Power? You will notice many of the articles are related to international affairs. Why do you think this is?
Question 7: Why do you think the Black Power movement, the Black Panther Party, and events like the assassinations of Malcolm X and Fred Hampton are overlooked most US history classes?
Question 8: Do you think it is important to understand the Black Power movement and the Black Panthers in 2022? Why or why not? Why is it important to study the Black Freedom Movement, especially in the era after the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965?

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