||Fannie Lou Hamer was born in 1917 and
was the youngest in a family of 20 children!
Her parents were poor sharecroppers in Mississippi who
struggled to keep everyone fed. Fannie had to quit
school after the 6th grade to help the family. Times
were hard as they spent their days picking cotton in the
hot sun. It was not easy to be poor but harder still
to be African American. Fannie faced discrimination
all her life. By the time she was in her 40s, Fannie
knew that this was not right and she joined with the civil
rights movement to do something about it. When she
tried to register to vote, she was viciously beaten.
But she would not be stopped. She was more
determined than ever to help African Americans get equal
|SUBJECTS: African American women civil rights
workers -- Poetry.
African Americans -- Biography -- Poetry.
African Americans -- Civil rights -- History -- 20th century -- Poetry.
Civil rights movements -- History -- 20th century -- Poetry.
Civil rights workers -- Poetry.
Hamer, Fannie Lou -- Poetry.
Women -- Biography -- Poetry.