OBITUARY

Gregory Jerome Hampton

November 6, 1968November 29, 2019

Gregory “Greg” Jerome Hampton departed this life on November 29, 2019. He was born November 6, 1968 to Geneva Hampton and John Jeffries in Meridian, Mississippi. His early years were spent as a part of a large extended family in Mississippi whose closeness taught him about the value of the collective. He was later raised in Cleveland, Ohio by his mom and his stepfather, John 'JR' Rush. Greg always had an inquisitive mind and graduated high school with honors. Greg received a B.A. in Economics and African-American Studies from Oberlin College; an M.A. in African-American Studies from Yale University, and a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Duke University.

Greg met his wife, Maria, while they were both in graduate school in North Carolina after being connected by a mutual friend in 1995. They later married May 31, 1997. Greg traveled with Maria to finish her training in Washington, DC and Boston, MA where he completed his dissertation and worked at Trinity College, Nobles and Greenough School, and Salem State College. Greg led the pair back to the Washington, D.C.-Baltimore Metropolitan area when he accepted a position at Howard University.

Once settled in the D.C. area, they expanded their family to include Safi and Hodari who were both a tremendous source of pride and joy in his life. Not surprisingly, he is affectionately known as Safi's “YouTube” coach as he taught himself the art of volleyball to work out with Safi and to help her transform into a solid hitter. He became a fixture at the gym near their home where other players would join them for regular workouts. Despite his emerging love for volleyball, he remained a devoted soccer and basketball dad for Hodari by teaching and coaching him in the art of both games. He edited and posted videos to document the skill and athleticism that was developing from their hard work and commitment.

As a poet and semi-professional jazz musician, Greg shared his love for arts and music with his children and supported their active engagement in the school orchestras. Since education and academic achievement have always been a priority, as a family they chose to invest in experiences rather than things. This resulted in family adventures that enhanced the children’s education, transformed them into early explorers, and created lasting memories of family fun. Greg was a Professor of African-American Literature and the Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of English at Howard University. He published articles in the English Journal, the College Language Association Journal, Children’s Literature in Education: An International Quarterly, Obsidian III, and Callaloo. His most recent courses have been about the black body and its portrayal in literature and film. His book, Changing Bodies in the Fiction of Octavia Butler: Slaves, Aliens, and Vampires (Lexington Books) is the first monograph of literary criticism invested in examining the complete body of fiction produced by Octavia E. Butler. Greg’s most recent monograph, Imagining Slaves and Robots in Literature, Film, and Popular Culture: Reinventing Yesterday's Slave with Tomorrow's Robot (Lexington Books) is an interdisciplinary work about the relationship between technology and human nature. In addition to African-American speculative fiction, Greg’s fields of interest include 19th and 20th Century American and African-American literature and gender studies. His next book, The Bloomsbury Handbook to Octavia E. Butler is forthcoming in 2020.

Greg will be remembered for his intellect, infectious laugh, love of science fiction, movies, and music. He will also be remembered for his adventurous spirit, unconditional loyalty to those he loved, and commitment to his family. He leaves behind his wife, Dr. Maria Trent, and two children, Safi and Hodari Hampton; mother, Geneva Hampton; sister, Marquita Hampton; mother-in-law, Vivian Trent; sister-in-law, Granette Trent, Esq; brother-in-law, Jacob Marlow (Deborah); chosen brothers, Todd Easler (Lia) and Eric Jones; two god-children, Jada and Quentin Easler; uncles, Herbert Hampton (Clementine), Carl Hampton (Corvette), Alan Hampton, Ezra Hampton, Nathaniel Hampton, Donald Hampton (Vena); aunts, Betty Brown (Othell), Gwen Steele (Lee), Cathy Easley (Larry), Virginia Liburd (Al), Annette Johnson, nieces, a nephew, cousins, friends and his beloved dog, Zuri.

May he rest in peace knowing the depths to which he was truly loved. In his memory, let us remember the legacy he lived, 'I am because we are’ and find strength in his belief that ‘God is change’.

Friends and family are invited to gather at the Dunbarton Chapel, located at Howard University School of Law, 2900 Van Ness St. NW, Washington D.C., 20008, at 10am. A memorial service will start at 11am with a reception to follow.

In lieu of flowers please consider making contributions to https://www.supportful.com/hampton.trent

Services

7 December

Visitation

10:00 am - 11:00 am

Howard University School of Law

Dunbarton Chapel

2900 Van Ness St. NW
Washington, DC 20008

7 December

Ceremony

11:00 am

Howard University School of Law

Dunbarton Chapel

2900 Van Ness St. NW
Washington, DC 20008

Memories

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Linda Hampton

December 6, 2019

Praying God gives you strength to endure. I am here if you need me.
Sincerely,

Annette Baldwin

December 6, 2019

Maria, I am deeply sorry and sad for your inconceivable loss. You and your children are in my thoughts and prayers.
Annette

Tasha perkins

December 6, 2019

My first cousin the oldest boy born in the Hampton family... I remember visiting him in Cleveland when we were little having snowball fights... I never thought this day will be here and I will miss him

I love you big cousin 💖

Sue Ellen Abdalian

December 6, 2019

I want to add to the chorus another voice though words fail me. With love/Sue Ellen

Marie C Jipguep

December 6, 2019

Dr. Hampton, I wish to thank you for the collegiality you always showed me. You will be sorely missed by your colleagues and your students at Howard University.

Reggie Shuford

December 5, 2019

My deepest and sincerest condolences to Maria, Safi, Hodari, Granette, Vivian, Geneva, Marquita, other family members and friends. I was heartbroken when I heard the news. I never met Greg but heard so much about him through my long friendship with Granette. I know that he was a shining star whose brilliance impacted many and whose absence will be felt by still more. With so much gratitude for the example he set as a husband, father, son and Black man in America and may his memory be a blessing.

Jovan Bess

December 5, 2019

Holding space for the family in the light of love.

Tonia Butler

December 5, 2019

Dear Maria,
I am saddened to hear of the passing of your husband! Sending prayers of comfort to you and your family during this challenging time.
Peace & blessings,
Tonia

Rich Kreipe

December 5, 2019

Dear Maria,
I am holding you and your family close in my heart.
Peace
Rich Kreipe

Katya Gibel Mevorach

December 5, 2019

Brief encounters have lifetime impacts:: Without having heard Greg’s presentation and discussions about Octavia Butler when we were in graduate school, I would never have noticed her books. So a few years into teaching, I saw Butler’s book on the shelf at my campus bookstore - bought it remembering Greg’s talk. And since then, every time I teach or recommend Kindred, Greg’s introduction of this Black woman science fiction writer - a novelty at the time- I remember Greg.
May his soul rest in peace.

FROM THE FAMILY