Freedom’s Sisters: Fannie Lou Hamer

What an incredibly brave woman.  She didn’t stop going after basic rights (like the right to vote) even when she was brutally beaten.  She joined the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, worked on the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, testified before Congress, was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention — nothing could scare her off.  She was often the one to lead the singing at rallies or in jail to keep people’s spirits up.  For some great info about her, see the New York Public Library online exhibit about African Americans in Politics here at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.  Very cool photos and info about Fannie Lou Hamer and others.  Do you know what the Black Cabinet was?  There’s lots of great info waiting at your fingertips.  And here’s a quote from Fannie Lou:

“When they asked for those to raise their hands who’d go down to the courthouse the next day, I raised mine. Had it high up as I could get it. I guess if I’d had any sense I’d’ve been a little scared, but what was the point of being scared? The only thing they could do to me was kill me and it seemed like they’d been trying to do that a little bit at a time ever since I could remember.”



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