Craig Ciccone

Contact: Craig Ciccone 313.930.5630

About the Author


Craig Ciccone is a historian-consultant based in Highland Park, MI, and is a graduate of Wayne State University, earning a BA in history.

With a discipline and concentration in U.S. political assassinations of the 1960s and ‘70s, Ciccone has conducted hundreds of lectures since 1990 on the assassinations of President John Kennedy, Senator Robert Kennedy, and Fred Hampton, the deputy chairman of the Illinois Chapter of the Black Panther Party (BPP), at local high schools, colleges, universities, and libraries.

Ciccone has been the subject of numerous radio and television appearances, most notably his 1993 interview on Detroit’s Eyewitness Morning Weekend (WJBK-TV [CBS]), hosted by Warren Pierce, on the 30th anniversary of the assassination of President Kennedy; and his 1994 interview on WCHB-AM (Romulus, MI) for the 25th anniversary of the assassination of Fred Hampton.

Ciccone was recently interviewed by Detroit journalist and author (Low Road: The Life and Legacy of Donald Goins) Eddie B. Allen, Jr.; the interview is posted on the popular blog New Black Man in 2006 (“Remembering Fred Hampton; Remembering the Black Panthers”).

Ciccone has been a guest panelist for several symposiums and documentary screenings, most recently at Ferris State University (Big Rapids, MI) in February 2009, which hosted From Martin to Tupac: Political Assassinations, presented by Clarendon Entertainment.

Ciccone has authored and co-authored several feature pieces on Fred Hampton’s political evolution, enormously successful chairmanship of the Illinois BPP (1968-1969), and his assassination for the Michigan Citizen, Michigan’s largest black-owned and run newspaper.

In December 2006, after nearly ten years, Ciccone was successful in his attempts to petition the Federal Bureau of Investigation for the release of Fred Hampton’s voluminous file, becoming the first private citizen to obtain and view its nearly 40,000 pages. The ground-breaking recovery of intelligence documents will be extensively covered in Ciccone’s forthcoming book on Hampton’s extraordinary life and untimely death.