Fredrick Allen Hampton

 (August 30, 1948 – December 4, 1969)

 

was an American activist and revolutionary socialist. He came to prominence in Chicago as chairman of the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party (BPP), and deputy chairman of the national BPP. In this capacity, he founded a prominent multicultural political organization, the Rainbow Coalition that initially included the Black PanthersYoung Patriots and the Young Lords, and an alliance among major Chicago street gangs to help them end infighting, and work for social change. 

In December 1969, Hampton was shot and killed in his bed during a predawn raid at his Chicago apartment by a tactical unit of the Cook County State's Attorney's Office in conjunction with the Chicago Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation