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Fannie Lou Hamer. By: Kayla LeSane. Early Life. Born: October 6, 1917 in Mississippi She was the youngest of 20 children. Her family lived in Mississippi. Fannie Lou Hamer worked in the fields with her sharecropper parents at the age of six. She only received only a sixth grade education.

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fannie lou hamer

Fannie Lou Hamer

By: Kayla LeSane

early life
Early Life
  • Born: October 6, 1917 in Mississippi
  • She was the youngest of 20 children.
  • Her family lived in Mississippi.
  • Fannie Lou Hamer worked in the fields with her sharecropper parents at the age of six.
  • She only received only a sixth grade education.
life story
Life Story
  • In 1924 she married Perry “Pap” Hamer.
  • She had two adopted children.
  • Fannie Lou Hamer as a founding member and a vice president Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party.
  • She attended meetings for the Region Council of Negro Leadership.
  • Fannie Lou became the secretary for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and encouraged people to challenge voter registration procedures that excluded African-Americans.
  • In 1963, she was charged with disorderly conduct for going to a “whites only” restaurant and had to go to jail.
  • At jail, she was badly beaten and refused medical treatment, so she was permanently disabled.
  • In 1964 she organized the “freedom Summer” in Mississippi.
accomplishments
Accomplishments
  • Fannie Lou brought, a Head Start Program to her local community, to form a local Pig bank.
  • She ran for the Mississippi state Senate in 1971.
  • She was a very powerful speaker.
  • In 1972 the Mississippi House of Representatives pass a resolution honoring her national and state activism.
legacy
Legacy
  • Fannie Lou Hamer suffered from breast cancer, diabetes, and heart problems.
  • She died in Mississippi March 14,1977.