Media & Community Release


For More Information Contact:                            For Immediate Release:

Carl Hampton Memorial Committee                Wednesday, July 14, 2010      

713-529-4254, 832-578-1161 or

Visit official Carl Hampton Website




National Guest Honor

Slain Black Panther Leader

Carl B. Hampton

(40th Anniversary Commemoration)


On Saturday, July 24, 2010 the 40th anniversary of the assassination of Carl Bernard Hampton will be commemorated at 6:00pm at the historic Emancipation Park 3018 Dowling St. Houston , Texas .  The commemoration will include: speakers, entertainment, food and community service.  The commemoration is free and open to the public. National guest include:


Professor Kathleen Neal Cleaver

(Senior Lecturer and Research Fellow Emory University School of Law, former member Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee, First Female Member Black Panther Party Central Committee)

Emory Douglas

(Former Minister of Culture Black Panther Party, Artist for Black Panther Party and its newspaper, Member Black Panther Party Central Committee)

Billy X Jennings

(Organizer, Archivist and Historian Black Panther Party)

Robert Hillary King

(Freed member of Angola 3 after 29 years in solitary confinement, Author: From The Bottom of The Heap)

Charles “Boko” Freeman

(Former member Houston Chapter Black Panther Party and People’s Party II, comrade of Carl B. Hampton)

Dr. Charles Jones

 (Associate Professor and Founding Chair, Department of African- American Studies Georgia State University , Author: The Black Panther Party Reconsidered)


Carl Hampton, a dynamic young Black Panther leader and Chairman of Houston’s People’s Party II was assassinated by the Houston Police Department on July 26, 1970.  This blow against the Black Power Movement in Houston of the late 1960’s and early 1970’s was struck in the heart of the Black/African community on Dowling Street .


The commemoration weekend will also include the following events:


  • Thursday, July 22, 2010           BPP Art Exhibit & Art Auction

Project Row Houses, 2329 Elgin & Dowling in the lower level of the historic Eldorado Ballroom



  • Friday, July 23, 2010            The Angola Three (Play)

                                                       University of Houston

                                                       Cullen Hall, 4800 Calhoun


                                                  (Call 832-494-4027 for Ticket Prices)


  • Saturday, July 24, 2010        Strategies For Change Conference

                                                      Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland Public   

                                                      Administration Building at Texas Southern

                                                      University, 3100 Cleburne



  • Saturday, July 24, 2010      BPP Exhibition and Talk 

                                                    Emory Douglas and Billy X

                                              Project Row Houses, 2329

                                              Elgin & Dowling



  • Saturday, July 24, 2010      Community Commemoration

                                                     Featuring Professor Kathleen Cleaver

                                                     Emancipation Park , 3018 Elgin



  • Monday, July 26, 2010         Gravesite Remembrance 

                                                Golden Gate Cemetery , 8400 Hirsch Rd.

                                                Houston , Texas



The memorial tribute has multiple objectives.  First, to educate the community about the positive historical contributions made by Carl Hampton and the Black Panther Party.  Also, to stimulate unity and solutions around the issues confronting our communities today.