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Fannie Lou Hamer


Remembering Fannie Lou Hamer, fearless civil rights and anti-poverty activist, who died today – March 14th – in 1977. Her iconic words – “I am sick and tired of being sick and tired” – are on her gravestone.

One of the first women I wrote about, I was – still am – inspired by listening to recordings of her singing and speaking. Her voice “made them brave” said activists who shared the struggle with her. “Nobody’s free until everybody’s free,” said Fannie Lou Hamer. The image of the statue representing Fannie Lou Hamer is in Fannie Lou Hamer Memorial Garden, Ruleville, MI. It’s on my list of places to visit.

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