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Memorial service for fallen Young Lords and Pastor Bruce and Eugenia Johnson
Remarks from Cha-Cha Jimenez, Bishop Sally Dyck, Fred Hampton Jr., Jacqueline Lazu PhD
Performances by Bomba Con Buya and Actor/Poet Primitivo Cruz
BACKGROUND: Rev. Johnson was the pastor of the now defunct Armitage Avenue United Methodist Church, renamed People’s Church, which became the headquarters for the Young Lords. The Young Lords, a predominantly Puerto Rican gang turned civil rights organization, set up programs in Lincoln Park modeled after the Black Panthers: Free Breakfast for Children, Free Health Clinic, Free Dental Clinic, and a Free Day Care Center. This brought strong opposition to Latino residents and the Johnsons. On September 29, 1969, two months before Fred Hampton was murdered, Rev. Bruce Johnson and his wife Eugenia were brutally killed in their parsonage. He was viciously stabbed 19 times. She 14 times and her head crushed. Both were found in this condition by their infant children.
Manuel Ramos was a young Puerto Rican activist man who was shot in his face by an off duty policeman in 1969.The community said enough. They marched several times to police stations, from Lincoln Park to Humboldt Park, and also to the home of Mayor Richard J. Daley.
Jose (Pancho) Lind was also a Puerto Rican activist of Afro-Latino features. He was beaten by baseball bats as he and his family walked past a playground filled with haters of Latinos. People of all colors and political persuasions united to demand justice.
Please join us, so that the Johnsons and other martyrs are not forgotten, on September 29. Holy Covenant Church 10:30 A.M. Diversey and Sheffield.Chicago.