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Fannie Lou Hamer, American civil rights leader...

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Women’s History Month: Fannie Lou Hamer Lives!

Fannie Lou Hamer (1917-1977) was Field Secretary for the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee, and a founder of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party (MFDP).  Her courageous efforts in concert with the members of the MFDP challenged the seating of delegates to the Democratic National Convention in 1964. Her autobiogrpahy, To Praise My Bridges:  An Autobiography, was published in 1967 (Jackson, Mississippi). The Fannie Lou Hamer papers are located at The Amistad Research Center. Hamer, and many others, spoke about, and fought against, the human rights abuses she and other African Americans suffered in the south including:

  1. Racial Discrimination[1]
  2. Inadequate Housing
  3. Denial of Civil and Political Rights
  4. Arbitrary Detention
  5. Disability and Human Rights
  6. Disappearances
  7. Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
  8. Inadequate or denial of Education
  9. Executions
  10. Freedom of Opinion and Expression
  11. Freedom of peaceful assembly and of association
  12. Women’s Rights and Gender
  13. In adequate Health care
  14. Independence of Judiciary
  15. Internal Displacement
  16. International Solidarity
  17. Use of prisoners to impede the exercise of the right of peoples to self-determination
  18. Poverty
  19. Misuse of Rule of Law
  20. Sharecorpping as a contemporary form of slavery
  21. Terrorism and Torture
  22. Discrimination against Black Women

You can begin your study of Fannie Lou Hamer at many sites including: http://www.howard.edu/library/reference/guides/hamer/default.htm

[1] Partial and modified list of human rights abuses from the United Nations–Human Rights, specifically the material from the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.