Fannie lue hamer

Fannie lue hamer

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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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