Fannie Lou Hamer

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Fannie Lou Hamer

Fannie Lou Hamer, died 1977, age 59, in her home state of Mississippi. Hamer campaigned famously for voting rights in Mississippi and helped lead the "Freedom Summer" campaign. A staff member of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee she worked alongside the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and the Congress of Racial Equality on the voting rights drive.

Hamer ran twice for Congress.[1]

Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee

Fannie Lou Hamer was a prominent leader and member of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee[2]

Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party

Hamer founded the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, formed to counter the exclusion of African Americans from the state's Democratic Party and attempted to seat delegates at the 1964 Democratic National Convention. Describing the systematic racial prejudice practiced against Mississippi's black citizenry she said, "All of this is on account we want to register, to become first-class citizens, and if the Freedom Democratic Party is not seated now, I question America. Is this America, the land of the free and the home of the brave where we have to sleep with our telephones off the hooks because our lives be threatened daily because we want to live as decent human beings - in America?"[3]

Fannie Lou Hamer was a member of the Mississippi’ “Freedom Democratic Party” delegation to the 1964 Democratic National Convention, the African- American group that attempted to bring a more socialist-oriented stance to the Democratic platform.[4]

National Women's Political Caucus

Betty Friedan joined other leading feminists, such as Gloria Steinem, Shirley Chisholm, Fannie Lou Hamer, Bella Abzug, and Myrlie Evers-Williams in founding the National Women's Political Caucus in 1971.[5]

External links



  1. [, PW, Today in women's history: Long live Fannie Lou Hamer by: Special to Peoples , March 14 2013]
  2. SNCC: What We Did - Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, by Julian Bond
  3. [, PW, Today in women's history: Long live Fannie Lou Hamer by: Special to Peoples , March 14 2013]
  4. Dem. Left, Fall 2000
  5. Obituary