...if I didn’t believe in Christianity, then I don’t think I could actually feel free and believe in freedom.

Fannie Lou Hamer: The Negro [is] supposed to actually participate in politics, being that we can choose a man who is actually concerned with the people. They didn’t feel like Negroes should have anything to do with politics. But now I feel that politics and government is our business. (Tape cuts out) That’s the fourth chapter of St. Luke and the eighteenth verse. The 17the chapter of Acts and the 26th verse said “has made of one blood all nations.” And if I didn’t believe in Christianity, then I don’t think I could actually feel free and believe in freedom. Because to me, Christianity ties in with freedom, because, like from the fifth chapter of Matthew, the beatitude of the Bible: “And seeing the multitude, he went up onto the mountain. And when he was set, he called his disciples to him and he taught them, saying ‘Blessed are they that mourn, for they shall be comforted.’” You see, it’s important with me because we have mourned a long time, you know, and now we began to feel like we will be comforted. Not only for us, but for our children.

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