5. Fred Hampton —
The 21-year-old activist and deputy chairman of the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party was a natural born leader. He brokered a non-aggressive pact between the gangs in Chicago; was an instrumental force behind the BPP free food program and was deemed an agitator by the FBI. His natural oratory skills and his ability to gather a collective of spirited individuals made him a target by J. Edgar Hoover. Hoover's goal of destroying the Black Panther Party was made easier when on December 4, 1969, a tactical unit of the Cook County, Illinois State's Attorney's Office and the Chicago Police murdered Fred Hampton while he slept in his home.
Thankfully, his legacy lives on as his son, Fred Hampton Jr., continues to take the fight to The Man.