Date of Award

Spring 5-9-2015

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Dr. John McMillian

Second Advisor

Dr. Charles Steffen


This research examines the life and legacy of Fred Hampton, Sr. Hampton was an African-American born in Chicago, in 1948. At the age of twenty-one, he was killed, by a joint operation between the Chicago Police Department (CPD) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Beyond his assassination, and his involvement with the Black Panthers, Hampton transcended the lines of race and other socially constructed lines, and positively influenced many groups. His impact continued after his death, and therefore he should be remembered and studied as an important figure in the Civil Rights Era. I contend that he had the potential to become a major factor in national race relations and should be studied, remembered, and honored, along with many of the other leaders of the era.