Fannie Lou Hamer

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Birthday
6, 1917
Birthplace
Mississippi
Death Date
Mar 14, 1977 (59)
Birth Sign
Libra
Birthday
6, 1917
Birthplace
Mississippi
Death Date
Mar 14, 1977 (59)

About

Civil rights leader who played an instrumental role in organizing Mississippi Freedom Summer for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in 1964.

Before Fame

As a child, she picked cotton on the plantation of E. W. Brandon in Mississippi.

Trivia

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.

Family Life

She married her boyfriend Perry Hamer.

Associated With

She traveled to Indianola, Mississippi to register to vote after hearing a sermon given by James Bevel encouraging people to come together to vote.