Black Like Mao Proletarian Cultural Revolution Less than a year into the Cultural Revolution, Robert Williams published an article in the Crusader titled “Reconstitute Afro-American Art to Remold Black Souls.” While Mao’s call for a cultural revolution meant getting rid of the vestiges (cultural and otherwise) of the old order, Williams not unlike members of the Black Arts movement in the United States was talking about purging black culture of a “slave mentality.”
Fred Hampton founded the Chicago chapter of the Black Panther party establishing a free breakfast program for children, free medical clinics, and persuaded the street gangs to stop forming a 'Rainbow Coalition.' The Church Committee proved that Hampton’s body guard was an FBI informant for Cointelpro. Prior to the raid which resulted in the death of Hampton he provided detailed information on the apartment. The majority of shots fired into the apartment were aimed towards Hampton’s bedroom.
Civil Rights Activists: Ruby Dee did more than just light up the silver screen. Active in the Civil Rights Movement, she is seen attending a press conference for the relatives of 21 Black Panthers that were arrested in 1969. (Photo by George Mattson/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)