Interview with Elaine Brown

How did you learn about his death and what did you do?


I was in New Haven working for the Bobby Seale, Erika Huggins, ah, campaign for their freedom. Ah, they were in prison at the time, in jail on, ah, charges in New Haven. And I was in the bathtub, maybe I shouldn't say this, but I was, I was pregnant, and ah, and I heard about Fred, I heard about it , that was later. But I heard about Fred's death, and I couldn't believe it. I just couldn't believe it. And I didn't know what we were going to do, so, nobody knew. Because this was the year that J. Edgar Hoover said he would kill us, and we all thought, when Fred was killed, it was like the end of the year, and there had been so many assassinations and so many deaths, and so many funerals, and we thought, they really are trying to close out the year their way. They really, they walked into this man's house and killed him. We all knew what had happened. There's no question about it. Fred Hampton was a political organizer. Fred Hampton was not a, an individual who was threatening anybody per se. Um, and for them to have isolated him, and killed him, we knew that we were all in jeopardy, and we all felt very sad about it, and we were all devastated by Fred's death.