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Henry Hampton

Born: Aug 19, 1940

Death: Nov 22, 1998

Birthplace: St. Louis

Profession: Writer

Nationality: United States

Henry Hampton

Date of Birth : Aug 19, 1940
Date of Death : Nov 22, 1998
Birth Place : St. Louis

Henry Hampton was an American filmmaker. He was the son of surgeon Henry Hampton Sr. and Julia Veva Hampton. A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Hampton would later move to Boston where he founded his film production company Blackside, Inc., in 1968. It became one of the largest minority-owned non-theatrical film production companies in the U.S. during the mid-1970s and until his death in the late 1990s. Hampton and his company produced over 80 programs including documentaries, television spots, and other media productions. In 1965, while working for the Unitarian church as information director, Hampton went to Selma, Alabama, to cover the death of Reverend James Reeb and participated in the Selma March. The event changed his life as he recognized the power of media and television and began to conceptualize a film documenting the Civil Rights Movement. Three years later, in 1968, he founded Blackside, Inc., which offered "special expertise in the design and production of film and audio-visual products aimed at minority audiences."


  • Writer
  • Screenwriter
  • Television producer

Also known as

  • Henry Eugene Hampton, Jr
  • Henry Eugene Hampton


  • Henry Hampton Sr.
  • Julia Veva Hampton
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