Interview with Bobby Seale
QUESTION 24
INTERVIEWER:

What support was Hampton, Bobby Rush, and the Chicago Panther Party to you, to, to, in, in organizing on your behalf during your trial in Chicago?

BOBBY SEALE:

The Chicago Chapter of the Black Panther Party, Illinois State Chapter of the Black Panther Party, is, well, automatically, I mean, you know. Let's back up, cut.

INTERVIEWER:

Cut. Cut.


BOBBY SEALE:

That was, ah, Bobby Rush, ah, Fred Hampton, ah, the Illinois State Chapter of the Black Panther Party, it was automatic, you know, that you organize. I'm the Chairman of the National Organization of the Black Panther Party. There were numerous rallies that Fred Hampton and Bobby Rush put together. I mean right outside the courtroom, you know, Free Bobby, etc.

INTERVIEWER:

Could you just refer to your trial? Okay once again.

BOBBY SEALE:

I'm sorry.

INTERVIEWER:

How did Fred Hampton, Bobby Rush, and the Illinois State Chapter organize on your behalf during your trial in Chicago.

BOBBY SEALE:

Ah, that was automatic, ah, that, ah, that the Illinois State Chapter of the Black Panther Party would organize. They automatically organized rallies what have you, et cetera, in relation to that particular trial. The Chicago Eight Conspiracy Trial. The one in which I was chained, shackled and gagged. I mean they had numerous rallies right outside the court room, marches, what have you, et cetera, to bring attention of course to the fact that I was being railroaded in Judge Julius Hoffman's courtroom.