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I was born in Montgomery Mississippi in 1917 I was the youngest of 20 kids. At the age of 6 I worked as a sharecropper for my parents. After 6th grade I dropped out to work full time on the field.
In 1946 I married a man by the name of Perry Hammer and we worked together on a cotton field in Mississippi.
My career started in 1962 as a civil rights activist when I helped the student non violent coordinating committee. I was helping for the voter registration drive in Ruleville Mississippi. It challenged the states law because it was designed so blacks could not vote.
In 1964 me and other sncc members established the Mississippi freedom democratic party where I was the vice chairmen.
Me and a few other delegates went to the national convention in Atlantic city where we argued to the states all white delegation that they did not truly represent Mississippi. I delivered a national televised speech talking about discrimination and violence and that speech is what I was known for.
I spoke not only for African Americans but for all citizens. I believed in social Change and I also believed in crossing social boundaries to solve problems.
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