Carl Hampton, the leader of the People’s Party II in Houston Texas shown in an undated image, was slain by police July 27, 1970 in an ambush by law enforcement.
The People’s Party II was an African American organization along the lines of the Black Panther Party and was seeking affiliation with the larger organization. They maintained close relations with the John Brown Revolutionary League, a white organization in the city.
Hampton’s organization set up a storefront office along Dowling Street in what was the heart of a working class area of Houston. The group put forward demands including black juries and judges for African Americans charged with crimes, reparations for African Americans for slavery and Jim Crow, decent housing and jobs and exemption of African Americans from military service.
The group also advocated armed self-defense against police violence.
Ten days earlier, People’s Party II…
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