MAYWOOD, Ill. — A west suburban high school is honoring the legacy of one of its graduates, the late Fred Hampton.
Proviso East High School renamed a room for the activist, who rose to prominence as the head of the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party.
A dedication plaque says “The Social Justice Room” was a breeding ground for Hampton’s leadership development.
The honor comes on the eve of what would have been Hampton’s 73rd birthday.
Hampton was shot and killed by Chicago police during a raid on his apartment in 1969. Actor Daniel Kaluuya portrayed his life in the Oscar-winning film “Judas and the Black Messiah.”