Happy Birthday to the Late Great Fannie Lou Hamer

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“Nobody’s free until everybody’s free.”–Fannie Lou Hamer

Fannie Lou Hamer was a voting rights activist and civil rights leader. She was instrumental in organizing Mississippi Freedom Summer for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC).

On June 9, 1963, Hamer was on her way back from Charleston, South Carolina with other activists from a literacy workshop. Stopping in Winona, Mississippi, the group was arrested on a false charge and jailed. Once in jail, Hamer and her colleagues were beaten savagely by the police, almost to the point of death.

Released on June 12, she needed more than a month to recover. Though the incident had profound physical and psychological effects, Hamer returned to Mississippi to organize voter registration drives, including the “Freedom Ballot Campaign”, a mock election, in 1963, and the “Freedom Summer” initiative in 1964.

Read more about this amazing woman and her legacy at: Daily Black History Facts

3 Comments

  • Wanessa Johnson October 7, 2016 - 12:38 am Reply

    Although I am very grateful for Miss Fannie Hamer full recovery, I am mad as heck about what happened too her and her companions. This helpless felling that I feel new to me. If someone mistreats me or assaults me I know to call the police for help, but what do you do when its the Police who is doing the crime. I hope Miss Homer and her friends were comensated for there pain and suffering and the murderous cops jailed. Thank you Ms Homer for your perseverance.

  • kennith whaley October 7, 2016 - 9:48 am Reply

    Never forget .

  • A. Chandler October 10, 2017 - 7:51 pm Reply

    There’s a great gulf between black & white, with little wiggling room, therefore we as african americans/black folk, need to come together like Ms. Hamer and her collegues did to form a strong union and stand up for justice, equality & respect life, because all Ms. Hamer wanted was equal rights, respect and justice. Everyone wants their share of the pie, and as so it should be…..but don’t stand in the way of others who are trying to better themselves and thanks to the people like Ms. Hamer who believed in equality for all and justice that is xue to us all…..Happy Heavenly Birthday Ms. Fannie Lue Hamer⚘❤🕯🎂

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