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Fannie Lou Hamer
Transcript of Fannie Lou Hamer
alternative to the all-white Democratic Party in Mississippi Helped sharecropping farmers save and gain money
Raised money for low-cost housing
Brought in a garment factory, which brought more jobs Winona, MS Jail June 9, 1963
Stopped for lunch at a segregated lunch counter at a bus station.
Police officers beat them and sent them to jail.
Beat by fellow African-Americans in jail
Sang freedom songs throught jail times.
Let out four days later to obtain her right to vote, she wandered and joined civil rights activists, and was beaten up for it.
1964- also known as Freedom Summer, young people both black and white came to Mississippi to join the voting rights effort to stop the selected all-white delegation from winning the 1964 Democratic National Convention in Atlantic City, New Jersey. howerver, the black people who tried to participate were turned away, and so they held their own meetings where they selceted 68 people to represent them. Hamer was the delegation's vice chair.
their party was known as the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party Youngest of 20 children
Born in poor sharecropper family
In the 8th grade, she dropped out to support her family
married Perry Hamer Coming from Charleston, South Carolina from a citizenship training school she was a fighter of poverty
started a Pig Bank with the help of the National Council of Negro Women, where she bought 35 female and 5 male pigs, and she loaned the pregnant pigs to local families, who then kept the piglets and sent back the mama pigs to the Pig Bank. through this, many families have benefited from this program SNCC field secretary June 9, 1963 August, 1962 Attended a mass meeting organized by the SNCC where she discovered that African-Americans were allowed to vote.
went to Indianola, Iowa along with 17 others to try to register to vote. August 31, 1962 She was one of the first African-American voters and got sent to jail for doing so.