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Some facts about Fannie Lou Hamer

  • She was born on October 6, 1917 in Montgomery County, Mississippi
  • Her parents were sharecroppers and she was the youngest of 20 kids
  • She began working in the fields at the age of 6 and  soon dropped out of school in order to support her family
  • She caught polio at the age of 16 which made it hard for her to work in the cotton fields with her family
  • She continued to work as a sharecropper even after her marriage to Perry Hamer in either 1944 or 1945
  • She was forcibly sterilized in 1961during surgery to remove a tumor
  • In 1962, she went to a meeting held by the SNCC (Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee) who were encouraging blacks in the area to register to vote
  • She traveled to Indianola, MS to register to vote soon after the meeting
  • She was fired from her job and forced to leave the plantation she lived on for 20 years just for registering to vote
  • Hamer soon began to work for the SNCC
  • In 1963, she was arrested and injured by police in Winona, MS after going to a training workshop. She suffered permanent kidney damage
  • Hamer was shot, arrested, and beaten throughout her career
  • She helped create the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party in 1964
  • She ran for congress in 1965 but lost
  • Hamer established different organizations to help minorities in business and poor families in Mississippi
  • In 1971, she helped create the National Women’s Political Caucus
  • Hamer was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1976 and died on March 14, 1977 in Mound Bayou, MS

Source: Howard, pinterest, wikipedia,

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    She was forcibly sterilized too smh
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    I remember reading about her forces sterilization. A common practice back then.
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    The hero
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