Women's History: Fannie Lou Hamer

March is Women's History Month, and here on Such Cool Stuff! we are going to celebrate by highlighting some amazing women through history every Friday this month. It may actually become a regular Friday Feature. Why limit Women's history to just one month?
Fannie Lou Hamer (born Fannie Lou Townsend on October 6, 1917 – March 14, 1977) was a American voting rights activist and civil rights leader. She was instrumental in organizing Mississippi Freedom Summer for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), and later became the Vice-Chair of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, attending the 1964 Democratic National Convention in Atlantic City, New Jersey, in that capacity. Her plain-spoken manner and fervent belief in the Biblical righteousness of her cause gained her a reputation as an electrifying speaker and constant champion of civil rights.
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Read more about her at The University of Southern Mississippi where you can read the transcript of their interview with her for their oral history project.




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