15 Feb Fannie Lou Hamer joins the SculptHER Collection
Who is Fannie Lou Hamer?
Fannie Lou Hamer (1917-1977) was an American civil rights activist and leader. She was born in Mississippi, the youngest of 20 children, and grew up working as a sharecropper. Hamer became active in the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s, working to register African American voters and fight for their rights.
Hamer was known for her powerful speeches and singing and was a key figure in the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, which sought to challenge the state’s all-white delegation to the Democratic National Convention in 1964. Despite facing violence and intimidation, Hamer continued to fight for civil rights throughout her life.
She is perhaps best known for her famous quote: “I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired,” which she uttered in 1964 after being beaten and arrested for her activism. Hamer’s legacy continues to inspire activists and leaders today.
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