Hamer, Fannie Lou, 1917-1977

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Hamer, Fannie Lou, 1917-1977

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Fannie Lou

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1917-1977

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Townsend, Fannie Lou, 1917-1977

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Townsend

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Fannie Lou

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1917-1977

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1917-10-06

1917-10-06

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1977-03-15

1977-03-15

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Fannie Lou Hamer was born Fannie Lou Townsend on October 6, 1917, in Montgomery County, Mississippi. She was a voting and women's rights activist, community organizer, and a leader in the civil rights movement. She was the co-founder and vice-chair of the Freedom Democratic Party, which she represented at the 1964 Democratic National Convention. Hamer also organized Mississippi's Freedom Summer along with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). She was also a co-founder of the National Women's Political Caucus, an organization created to recruit, train, and support women of all races who wish to seek election to government office. Hamer began civil rights activism in 1962, continuing until her health declined nine years later. She was known for her use of spiritual hymnals and quotes and her resilience in leading the civil rights movement for black women in Mississippi. She was extorted, threatened, harassed, shot at, and assaulted by white supremacists and police while trying to register for and exercise her right to vote. She later helped and encouraged thousands of African-Americans in Mississippi to become registered voters, and helped hundreds of disenfranchised people in her area through her work in programs like the Freedom Farm Cooperative. She unsuccessfully ran for the U.S. Senate in 1964 and the Mississippi State Senate in 1971. In 1970 she led legal action against the government of Sunflower County, Mississippi, for continued illegal segregation. Hamer died on March 14, 1977, aged 59, in Mound Bayou, Mississippi. Her memorial service was widely attended and her eulogy was delivered by U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Andrew Young. She was posthumously inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame in 1993.

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https://id.loc.gov/authorities/n79151531

https://catalog.archives.gov/id/10581195

https://viaf.org/viaf/3336003

https://www.wikidata.org/entity/Q438438

https://www.worldcat.org/identities/lccn-n79151531

http://cbw.iath.virginia.edu/women_display.php?id=15765

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Poor People's Campaign--History--Sources

Civil rights--History--Sources

African American women--Civil rights--History--Sources

African Americans--Civil rights

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