Daniel Kaluuya’s landmark Oscar win on Sunday night meant something to many people, but perhaps none more than Fred Hampton Jr.Daniel took home the Best Supporting Actor Award for portraying the activist’s father Judas and the black messiahand after the show the two were able to reunite and share an emotional moment.
In a video recorded at an after party, Daniel and Fred tearfully hugged after Daniel won. (Fred Jr. is the only child of the leader of the Black Panther Party.) Fred held his hand tightly on Daniel’s shoulder as the actor wiped his eyes – probably an important evening for both men.
Daniel made sure to honor the late Fred in his acceptance speech earlier that night, saying, “To Chairman Fred Hampton, what a man. How blessed we are to have lived a life where he existed.” Fred was murdered by the Chicago police in 1969 at the age of 21 while Fred Jr.’s mother Akua Njeri was pregnant with him. The 1960s civil rights leader’s legacy lives on thanks to his son and the memorial efforts of people like Daniel.
Chairman Fred Hampton Jr. & Daniel Kaluuya #JudasAndTheBlackMessiah Oscars 2021 pic.twitter.com/ksrEC8a3Iu
– Chairman Fred Hampton Jr. (@ ChairmanFredJr1) April 26, 2021