AFROCENTRIC presents: An ode to Fannie Lou Hamer: Her Sacrifices//Her Legacy.
● Fannie Lou Hamer was part of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party in 1964. An integrated group of activists who openly challenged the legality of Mississippi’s all-white, segregated delegation.
In the summer of 1962, Hamer made a life-changing decision to attend a protest meeting. She met civil rights activists there who were there to encourage African Americans to register to vote.
Such bravery came at a high price for Hamer. She was fired from her job and driven from the plantation she had called home for nearly two decades—just for registering to vote. But these actions only solidified Hamer’s resolve to help other African Americans get the right to vote.
“I have just as much right to stay in America - in fact, the black people have contributed more to America than any other race, because our kids have fought here for what was called “democracy”; our mothers and fathers were sold and bought here for a price. So all I can say when they say “go back to Africa,” I say “when you send the Chinese back to China, the Italians back to Italy, etc., and you get on that Mayflower from whence you came, and give the Indians their land back, who really would be here at home?” -Fannie Lou Hamer