I'm glad to hear that about Hampton. I remember the negative response to
the Panther speakers, but I can't remember any of the details. I heard
Hampton speak about three times and fell in love with him. Also -- I've
always been convinced that one thing that gave the state the leeway to
murder Hampton and Clark was the unwillingness of anti-war organizations
and various left liberal groups to make even symbolic gestures of
solidarity with blacks facing repression. Just two weeks before the
murders Jan (my wife) and I virtually begged the Moratorium here to
condemn repression of the Panthers, but no, that wasn't relevant or
something to the anti-war effort.
If you were in NUC at Chicago, we may have met. I attended a 1 hour
meeting there, in response I think to a call published in the NYRB, then
a later all-day meeting (I think in November '68) in Chicago, and all
the later NUC meetings beginning in Pittsburg up to the dissolution in
Bloomington, Indiana. (I'm in Bloomington, Illinois.)
I remember reading an something by Carmichael telling of him his
co-author of Black Power riding in an elevator, I think in Chicago, and
whites on the elevator acting nervous. So he may have spoke at some sort
of gathering in Chicago if my (very vague) memory is correct.
Stuart Newman wrote:
> It wasn't Fred Hampton, Carrol. I knew him -- our Univ. of Chicago NUC
> chapter had a forum on the history of racism in political movements (or
> something like that) and he agreed to be one of the speakers. (I was also on
> the panel). It was a rare (extremely rare) intersection of academia with the
> BPP, a tribute to trust built between the U of C NUC chapter and the Panthers
> by, on our side, some of my comrades, partcularly the sadly departed Mike
> Goldberger, a neuroscientist, and Fred Hampton's wonderfully inclusive vision.
> I did not detect any sexism in his talk at our forum or the few other times I
> heard him speak (though others on this list seem to have had a different
> experience). I would have really taken note if he was the one referred to in
> the "prone" incident. I finished my Ph.D. dissertation in 1970, a few months
> after Fred Hampton was murdered, and dedicated it to his memory.
> By the way, was there a SNCC meeting in Chicago in 1968 or '69? It may be
> that the SDS/NUC people who related the story to me had been attending that
> and not an SDS meeting. But that's not how I remember it.