Fannie Lou Hamer (born Fannie Lou Townsend on October 6, 1917 – March 14, 1977) was an American voting rights activist and civil rights leader.

She was instrumental in organizing Mississippi Freedom Summer for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), and later became the Vice-Chair of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, attending the 1964 Democratic National Convention in Atlantic City, New Jersey, in that capacity. Her plain-spoken manner and fervent belief in the Biblical righteousness of her cause gained her a reputation as an electrifying speaker and constant champion of civil rights.

In 2002, scholar Molefi Kete Asante listed Fannie Lou Hamer on his list of 100 Greatest African Americans.

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  • vetteb

    It is always inspirational to see Black Women recognized in a time when Civil Rights was so dominating in our world. Soror Hamer will always be a guiding light to us ALL!

  • D-Ski

    It is imperative that we not forget those who have paved the way for us to enjoy and partake in this country and all that it has to offer. We must learn of these people and all of the sacrifices that they made so that we, “the promise” could become what they knew was possible…..including Cheif Executive Officer of this great nation.

  • rkj

    Sweet Honey in the Rock has a song dedicated to her. Great song full of history.