10 Facts About Henry Hampton


Henry Hampton lived on the eastern edge of an all-black working class community.


Henry Hampton's family converted to Catholicism after St Louis Archbishop Joseph Ritter led desegregation efforts in the region.


Henry Hampton attended Little Flower School and later the Jesuits' St Louis University High School and College of the Holy Cross, before studying literature at Washington University in St Louis.


Henry Hampton attended medical school for a term at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, before dropping out.


In 1965, while working for the Unitarian church as information director, Henry Hampton went to Selma, Alabama, to participate in the Selma Marches.


Henry Hampton's studies focused on consumers' and citizens' rights to information.


Henry Hampton made a commitment to social justice with later productions, including his 1987 magnum opus Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Years.


Henry Hampton returned to WashU in 1989 to deliver the commencement speech.


Henry Hampton died at Brigham and Women's Hospital on November 22,1998.


Henry Hampton was the recipient of over 10 honorary degrees including an Honorary Doctorate of Humanities from his alma mater ; St Louis University ; Doctor of Arts, Northeastern University ; Suffolk University ; Bridgewater State College ; Brandeis University ; Boston College ; Emerson College ; Lincoln University and Tufts University.