Judas And The Black Messiah

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You can kill a revolutionary but you can’t kill the revolution.

FBI informant William O’Neal (LaKeith Stanfield) infiltrates the Illinois Black Panther Party and is tasked with keeping tabs on their charismatic leader, Chairman Fred Hampton (Daniel Kaluuya). A career thief, O’Neal revels in the danger of manipulating both his comrades and his handler, Special Agent Roy Mitchell (Jesse Plemons). Hampton’s political prowess grows just as he’s falling in love with fellow revolutionary Deborah Johnson (Dominique Fishback). Meanwhile, a battle wages for O’Neal’s soul. Will he align with the forces of good? Or subdue Hampton and The Panthers by any means, as FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover (Martin Sheen) commands?



Working in partnership with Chairman Fred Hampton Jr, the campaign educated audiences on the true history and positive contributions of the Black Panther Party, honored the legacy of Chairman Fred Hampton, and connected both Hampton’s and the Party’s revolutionary work to the movement for Black lives.

By cultivating meaningful and substantive relationships with members of Congress, local officials, and educators, the Judas and the Black Messiah impact campaign sought to change the narrative and shifted the perspective of Americans, who were taught a false history of the revolutionary group.

In Illinois, Cook County’s president publicly recognized the contributions of Fred Hampton while the campaign helped to landmark the Hampton House, creating a lasting monument to truth. On the national level, members of Congress recognized the BPP’s contributions publicly for the first time ever during a Congressional Tri-Caucus briefing organized by the campaign.

Through strategic partnerships with schools, community partners, and educational events, Participant created an Education Guide that continues to bring the story of Judas and the Black Messiah to students nationwide.

The film was nominated for 6 Academy Awards® and won for Best Supporting Actor and Best Original Song.


Live for the people.

Armed with the revolutionary ideology that the power belongs to the people, the Black Panther Party’s goals were to give poor communities across the country access to decent education, healthcare and housing. Learn more about their programs and impact below.


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The film guide is a short document where you can learn more about the Chairman Fred Hampton, the contributions of the Black Panther Party, and the FBI program COINTELPRO.

The education guide is a comprehensive resource for colleges, universities, and community organizations that want to incorporate the film into their existing curriculum. Created in partnership with Chairman Fred Jr., our partners at DePaul University, the MAAFA Redemption Project and Maestra.

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Will Berson, Shaka King
Charles D. King, Ryan Coogler, Shaka King
Daniel Kaluuya, LaKeith Stanfield, Jesse Plemons, Dominique Fishback, Martin Sheen
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