Fifty years ago, Fred Hampton, a leader of the Illinois Black Panther Party, was killed by police in Chicago. He was 21 years old. Another young Panther, Mark Clark, was also killed in the police raid. As part of our StoryCorps series, producer Bill Healy talked with Michael D. McCarty, a man who was influenced by Hampton, and who continues to feel his loss decades later.
As a teenager, McCarty became increasingly aware of the injustice around him. His actions as a student at St. Ignatius College Prep in Chicago led him to know, and respect, Fred Hampton.
Bill Healy produces StoryCorps Chicago for WBEZ and teaches journalism at Northwestern University. Follow him @chicagoan.