Fannie Lou Hamer

Fannie Lou Hamer

Fannie Lou Hamer was born in Montgomery County, Mississippi. In 1962 she entered the struggle for civil rights by becoming a voting rights activist and eventually a civil rights leader in the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC).  In 1963, Hamer barely survived being jailed in Winona, Mississippi after a cruel and vicious beating, in which white police forced African American inmates to take turns beating her throughout the night. This tragic experience marked her and yet strengthened her resolve to remain in the struggle for civil rights. Hamer was instrumental in the organization of the Mississippi Freedom Summer Project in 1964. She was among the first African American women to speak before the United States House of Representatives, (along with Annie Bell Robinson Devine and Victoria Gray Adams); all three were elected state representatives for the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party for the National Democratic Convention in August of 1964 in Atlantic City, New Jersey.  As a courageous leader in voter registration and grass-roots political organizing, Hamer gave eloquent witness to a liberating, reconciling Christian faith, shaped by a skillful blending of African American hymnody and spirituality, prophetic religion, and an indefatigable belief in Jesus as friend and deliverer of the poor.

Quotes from interviews with this actor are listed below. To see excerpts from interview transcripts, click on the associated Excerpts link below each quote.

"And then they'll have a big book for you to write a section of the Constitution of Mississippi. And after you write it, copy it out of a book, he'll tell you to give, the registrar will tell you to give a reasonable interpretation. "
"I believe strictly in Christianity and those things have kept us going all these years praying for hope, that now we began to see this as a reality. And I don't think our prayer was in vain."

Find below primary and secondary resources located in the Project on Lived Theology's Civil Rights Archive associated with this Actor. Click on a title to see the full record.

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1970 John Egerton "John Lewis," from A Mind to Stay Here
1964 Fannie Lou Hamer "We Want Ours Now!"
1964 Unknown 3 Women Challenge House Seating: Mrs. Fannie Lou Hamer, Mrs. Annie Devine, Mrs. Victoria Gray
1992 Ed King A Prophet from the Delta
1982 L. C. Dorsey A Prophet Who Believed
1965 Ada Jackson Ada Jackson to Fannie Lou Hamer
1977 L.C. Dorsey An Action Memorial
1972
Dr. Neil McMillen
Fannie Lou Hamer
An Oral History with Mrs. Fannie Lou Hamer
1965 Annell Ponder Annell Ponder to Fannie Lou Hamer
1965 Arthur Brandenburg Arthur Brandenburg to Fannie Lou Hamer
1976 Fannie Lou Hamer Autobiography of Fannie Lou Hamer
1968 Unknown Biography of Mrs. Fannie Lou Hamer
1966 Unknown Biography: Mrs. Fannie Lou Hamer
1966 Unknown Biography: Mrs. Fannie Lou Hamer
1987
Frye Gaillard
Will D. Campbell
Book Review: 40 Acres and a Goat
1982 June Johnson Broken Barriers and Billy Sticks
1966 Phyl Garland Builders of a New South: Negro Heroines of Dixie Play Major Role in Challenging Racist Traditions
Unknown Cassette Transcription: Tom Dent Collection
1965
Cec Levinson
Saul Levinson
Cec & Saul Levinson to Fannie Lou Hamer
1964 Unknown Challenge Gains Northern Support
1972 James Forman Chapter 51: African Interlude
1984 Paula Giddings Chapter XVI: SNCC: Coming Full Circle
1991 Sharon Bramlett-Solomon Civil Rights Vanguard in the Deep South: Newspaper Portrayal of Fannie Lou Hamer, 1964-1977
1964 Clara Childs Clara Childs to Fannie Lou Hamer
1995
Cleveland Sellers
Charles Marsh
Cleveland Sellers Interview, Denmark, South Carolina, 8/5/1995
1964 Murray Kempton Conscience of a Convention
1965 Doreas Doreas to Friends
1965 Dorothea Rembrandt Dorothea Rembrandt to Fannie Lou Hamer
1963 Pharis J. Harvey Ecumenical Volunteer Service Project Leaders' Report
1994
Charles Marsh
Ed King
Ed King Interview, Philadelphia, MS, 8/24/1994
1996 Ed King Ed King to Charles Marsh
1994 Charles Marsh Ed King, Interview Notes 11/3/1994, 12/5/1994
1965 Edward Lee Cole Edward Lee Cole to Fannie Lou Hamer
1981 L. C. Dorsey Epilogue
1966 Eugene Novogrodsky Eugene Novogrodsky to Fannie Lou Hamer
1977 Austin Scott Fannie Hamer, Civil Rights Leader, Dies: Former Sharecropper Organized Groups in 1960s, Became a Symbol
1970 John Egerton Fannie Lou Hamer
1977 Unknown Fannie Lou Hamer
1978 L. C. Dorsey Fannie Lou Hamer
1983 Howell Raines Fannie Lou Hamer
Amistad Research Center Fannie Lou Hamer 1917-1977: Papers, 1966-1978, n.d.: Register
Amistad Research Center Fannie Lou Hamer 1917-1977: Papers, 1966-1978, n.d.: Register
1964 Fannie Lou Hamer Fannie Lou Hamer Affidavit (Untitled Document)
1964 Unknown Fannie Lou Hamer Campaign Schedule and Budget
1964
Dale
Fannie Lou Hamer
Fannie Lou Hamer Interview Conducted by Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) Worker - 1964
Unknown
Fannie Lou Hamer
Fannie Lou Hamer Interview Conducted by Unknown Man
1978 Unknown Fannie Lou Hamer Remembered in Special Memorial Service
1972 Fannie Lou Hamer Fannie Lou Hamer to Dr. Matthew Walker
1967 Fannie Lou Hamer Fannie Lou Hamer to Friends
1968 Fannie Lou Hamer Fannie Lou Hamer to Lillie Harris
1968 Fannie Lou Hamer Fannie Lou Hamer to Mrs. Lillie Harris
1987 Unknown Fannie Lou Hamer: Selected Bibliography
1964 Jerry Demuth Fannie Lou Hamer: Tired of Being Sick and Tired
Ed King Genocide
1966 Geraldine McGiffin Geraldine McGiffin to Fannie Lou Hamer
1982 Edwin King Go Tell it on the Mountain: A Prophet from the Delta
1978 L. C. Dorsey Half A Giant
1963 Unknown Hamer Campaign Biography Materials
Unknown Hamer Raps
1968
Dale Bell
John O'Toole
Fannie Lou Hamer
Nick Kotz
Carol Oughton
Milton Sink
Leeland Kenower
Hunger - American Style; Filmed in Sunflower and Tallahatchie Counties, Mississippi; February 7-10, 1968
1978 Unknown In Memory of the Late Mrs. Fannie Lou Hamer (Memorial Service Program)
1993
Charles Marsh
John Lewis
John Lewis Interview
1968
Unknown
John Lewis
John Lewis Interview Concerning the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee
2009
Charles Marsh
John Perkins
John M. Perkins in Conversation with Charles Marsh: Let Justice Roll Down
1976 Julie Bernstein Julie Bernstein to Fannie Lou Hamer
1964 June June to Fannie Lou Hamer
1976 Karen Karen to Fannie Lou Hamer
1965 Kivie Kaplan Kivie Kaplan to Fannie Lou Hamer
1963 Fanie Lou Hamer Letter from Fannie Lou Hamer Seeking Support
Fannie Lou Hamer Letter from Fannie Lou Hamer to Unknown Person
1964 Theresa Del Pozzo Letter from Theresa Del Pozzo to John Lewis
1964 Unknown Letter to Fannie Lou Hamer
1965 Unknown Letter to Fannie Lou Hamer
1965
J.H. O'Dell
Fannie Lou Hamer
Life in Mississippi: An Interview with Fannie Lou Hamer
1965 Mike Mike to Fannie Lou Hamer
1964 Joe Pfister Mississippi and the Freedom Vote
1990
Henry Hampton
Steve Fayer
Sarah Flynn
Mississippi Freedom: Summer, 1964: "Representation and the Right to Participate"
1968 Drew Pearson Mississippi Has Great Racial Changes Since '64
1967 Robert Analavage Mississippi Hopes Center in Sunflower
1965 Unknown Mississippi Leader Charges Justice Department with Bowing to Eastland Demands, Scores Congress in Powell Ouster
1995 Danny McKenzie Mississippi Should Bare its Soul with Civil Rights Museum
1964 Howard Zinn Mississippi Voter Registration Struggles (Untitled Document)
1964 Mona Bazaar Mona Bazaar to Fannie Lou Hamer
1979 Unknown Mrs. Fannie Lou Hamer: 1917-1977
1981 L. C. Dorsey Mrs. Fannie Lou Hamer: Human Rights Activist 1917-1977 (A Mini-profile)
1964 Nora Lee Jacobson Nora Lee Jacobson to Fannie Lou Hamer
Unknown Notes on MFDP, Sam Bowers and Fannie Lou Hamer (Untitled Document)
1966 Peter McNamara Peter McNamara to Fannie Lou Hamer
1964 Fannie Lou Hamer Platform
1972 James Forman Power for Black People
Ed King Project Description: The Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party
1982 Danny Collum Prophet of Hope for the Sick and Tired
1965 Robert T. Ashmore Robert T. Ashmore to Fannie Lou Hamer
1976 unknown student Ruth to Fannie Lou Hamer
1967 Sandra Nystrom Sandra Nystrom to Fannie Lou Hamer
1965
Selma Thaler
Ed Thaler
Selma & Ed Thaler to Fannie Lou Hamer
1968 Fannie Lou Hamer Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired
Ed King Sixties and Sit-ins
1994
Charles Marsh
Spencer Perkins
Spencer Perkins Interview
1982 Danny Collum Stepping Out Into Freedom: The Life of Fannie Lou Hamer
1965 Ellen Key Blunt Still to Overcome: She Found No Freedom
1989
Emily Stoper
Fannie Lou Hamer
Ella Baker
The Freedom Democratic Party and the Challenges
1976 Lloyd Gray The Glitter is Gone, Out the Fight Goes On
1981 L. C. Dorsey The Legacy
1977
Julian Bond
Benjamin L. Hooks
The Most Extraordinary Black Woman...
1964 Unknown The New Republic September 1964 Issue
1967 Southern Conference Educational Fund The Southern Patriot
1964 Unknown The Student Voice December 1964 Issue
1964
Jack Minnis
Fannie Lou Hamer
Transcript of Interview by Jack Minnis with Fannie Lou Hamer
1964 Sue Cronk Two Negro Women in Mississippi: They've Already Lost Election
1971 Unknown U.S. Participation: The International Walk for Development
1976 unknown student Unknown Student to Fannie Lou Hamer
1976 unknown student Unknown Student to Freedom Farm
1968 Unknown Untitled Magazine Article - Fannie Lou Hamer's Speech in Cincinnati, Ohio
1977 Vickie Vickie to Fannie Lou Hamer
1995
Charles Marsh
Victoria Gray Adams
Victoria Gray Adams Interview, 4/6/1995
1982 Charles McLaurin Voice of Calm
Ed King White Church -- "Beauty of Ashes"
Ed King White Church -- Beauty for Ashes
2000 Jennifer Ford Will Campbell and Christ's Ambassadors: Selections from the Katallagete/James Y. Halloway Collection, Special Collections, University of Mississippi
1966 William F. Ryan William F. Ryan to Fannie Lou Hamer