Fannie Lou HamerWednesday, April 20, 2016
We drove down to Ruleville, Mississippi to see the Fannie Lou Hamer Memorial Garden with the statue they dedicated in 2012:
Fannie Lou Hamer Voting and Civil Rights Pioneer
1962 - Joined the Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and became a field secretary
1963 - Severely beaten while in Winona, Mississippi when she and other civil rights workers were returning from a SCLC Citizenship Training Conference
Became one of first black persons to register to vote in Sunflower county
Ran for Congress in the Second Congressional District
1964 - Founding member of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party (MFDP) and led the MFDP challenge before the National Democratic Party Credentials Committee in Atlantic City, New Jersey
1968 - Founder of the Freedom Farms Corporation (FFC)
1970 - Founder of the Fannie Lou Hamer Day Care Center, Ruleville, MS
1971 - Became a member of the Policy Council of the National Council of Negro Women, Inc. and a member of the Women's Political Caucas
1974 - She was named to the Board of Trustees of the Martin Luther King Center for Nonviolent Social Change
This sign was placed in 2011 during the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Riders:
In 1962 at age 44, Hamer tried to register to vote; the next day she was fired from her job on the plantation east of here. She became a civil rights activist, opening her Ruleville home to Freedom Summer workers and other activists. She earned a reputation as an electrifying speaker, especially as a delegate of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party at the 1964 Democratic National Convention. She fought racism, injustice, and poverty until her death in 1977.
"I am sick and tired of being sick and tired."
Fannie Lou Hamer Museum (I think we were there when they weren't open)
Fannie Lou Hamer U.S. Post Office
Transcript of her testimony here.