Fannie Lou Hamer


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Fannie Lou Hamer (born Fannie Lou Townsend; October 6, 1917 – March 14, 1977) was an American voting rights activist and civil rights leader.

She was instrumental in organizing Mississippi Freedom Summer for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), and later became the Vice-Chair of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, attending the 1964 Democratic National Convention ... more »

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  • ''It's time for America to get right.''
    Fannie Lou Hamer (1917-1977), African American civil rights activist. As quoted in This Little Light of Mine, ch. 8, by Hay Mills (1993). Said on ...
  • ''... there is one thing you have got to learn about our movement. Three people are better than no people.''
    Fannie Lou Hamer (1917-1977), African American civil rights activist. As quoted in This Little Light of Mine, ch. 8, by Arthur Kinoy, in a February 19...
  • ''Peoples need a victory so bad. We've been working here since '62 and we haven't got nothing, except a helluva lot of heartaches.''
    Fannie Lou Hamer (1917-1977), African American civil rights activist. This statement was first quoted in Southern Patriot (March 1967). As quoted in T...
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