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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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  • ...I always said if I lived to get grown and had a chance, I was going to try to get something for my mother and I was going to do something for the black man of the South if it would cost my life; I ...
    Fannie Lou Hamer (1917-1977), African American civil rights activist. As quoted in Freedomways, p. 232 (Second quarter, 1965). On growing up poor ...
  • We have got to stop the nervous Nellies and the Toms from going to the Man's place. I don't believe in killing, but a good whipping behind the bushes wouldn't hurt them.... These bourgeoisie Negroes a...
    Fannie Lou Hamer (1917-1977), African American civil rights activist. As quoted in This Little Light of Mine, ch. 8, by Thelma Barnes—to whom Ham...
  • ... some of my people could have been left [in Africa] and are living there. And I can't understand them and they don't know me and I don't know them because all we had was taken away from us. And I b...
    Fannie Lou Hamer (1917-1977), African American civil rights activist. As quoted in This Little Light of Mine, ch. 7, by Hay Mills (1993). The Miss...
  • It is only when we speak what is right that we stand a chance at night of being blown to bits in our homes. Can we call this a free country, when I am afraid to go to sleep in my own home in Mississip...
    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 ...
  • ''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 ...
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