In honor of Juneteenth, 195essential, the Boston-based and Black-owned clothing and apparel company, has designed the ‘I am a Revolutionary’ t-shirt as part of their “Icon Series.” The t-shirt is in honor of American activist and revolutionary, Fred Hampton, and available on June 19th.
As a company that gives back, fifty percent of the proceeds will go to Save the Hampton House. A GoFundMe created in December of 2020, Save the Hampton House’s purpose is to preserve, protect, and renovate the childhood home of Black Panther Party Chairman Fred Hampton.
Organized by Fred Hampton’s son, Save the Hampton House seeks landmark status for the home and plans to establish it as a museum that will also facilitate educational services, community gardens, and a meeting place for community development.
American civil rights leader Fred Hampton served as deputy chairman of the Black Panther Party’s Illinois chapter. Hampton formed the city of Chicago’s first “Rainbow Coalition,” an alliance of the Panthers with other groups organized around racial, ethnic, or ideological affiliation. Bringing together groups that otherwise would have had almost no positive contact, the Rainbow Coalition provided aid to low-income citizens by combining the member groups’ varied resources.
The Panthers and the Chicago Police Department often clashed during Hampton’s brief tenure as deputy chairman, resulting in casualties on both sides, and on December 4, 1969, Hampton was killed during a raid on his residence by Chicago police officers. Later it was revealed that, of the nearly 100 shots fired during the raid, all except perhaps one was fired by the police. Fred Hampton’s story was most recently told in the motion picture, Judas and the Black Messiah, which was nominated for five Academy Awards.
“Through this limited-edition release, we are proud to honor Fred Hampton’s revolutionary work for civil rights and equality,” said Lena Harris, Co-founder of 195essential. “By donating a portion of sales from this collection to Save the Hampton House, we hope to keep his memory and legacy alive.”
Designed by Black artist, Fred White, the latest addition to 195essential’s ‘Icon Series’ collection will go live on their website on Saturday, June 19th, 2021 (Juneteenth). Gone but never forgotten, the 195essential ‘I am a Revolutionary’ shirt reminds us of the battle for progress fought by Revolutionary, Fred Hampton. Fred Hampton joins John Lewis, Sojourner Truth and Ruth Bader Ginsburg in 195essential’s ‘Icon Series.’
To purchase from the collection, please visit www.195essential.com.
Source: 195essential, Save the Hampton House