Fannie Lou Hamer

Title

Fannie Lou Hamer

Subject

Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party

Description

Fought for voting rights for African Americans and led change through the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party and her Congressional testimony

Creator

Amy French

Source

Image: Wiki Commons

Birth Date

1917

Birthplace

Montgomery County, Mississippi, USA

Death Date

1977

Occupation

Vice-Chair of Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party

Biographical Text

Hamer was an civil rights activist in Mississippi. After growing up in poverty and often going hungry as a child, she spent her life in service to issues of segregation and injustice in the south. Much of her work took place within the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, which was comprised mostly of African-American students engaging in acts of civil disobedience. In 1964, Hamer helped found the Mississippi Freedom of Democratic Party. A famous quote from Fannie Lou, made into her epitaph, is “I am sick and tired of being sick and tired.”

Bibliography

Asch, Chris Myers. The Senator and the Sharecropper: the Freedom Struggles of James O. Eastland and Fannie Lou Hamer. (The New Press, 2008).
Nash, Jere and Andy Taggart.  Mississippi Politics: the Struggle for Power, 1976-2008.(University of Mississippi Press, 2007).

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Date Added
June 10, 2014
Collection
Reform (Social or Labor)
Item Type
Person
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Citation
Amy French, “Fannie Lou Hamer,” Women Who Dared, accessed October 20, 2019, https://womenwhodared.omeka.net/items/show/22.