Civil rights leader who played an instrumental role in organizing Mississippi Freedom Summer for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in 1964.
As a child, she picked cotton on the plantation of E. W. Brandon in Mississippi.
She was known for singing Christian hymns, such as "Go Tell It on the Mountain" and "This Little Light of Mine", during protests and movements in order to bolster the resolve of her fellow activists.
She married her boyfriend Perry Hamer.
She traveled to Indianola, Mississippi to register to vote after hearing a sermon given by James Bevel encouraging people to come together to vote.