As the days before the Presidential election winds down, we reflect on the Black women who have protested and labored for the rights of Black citizens in the United States. Fannie Lou Hamer represents one of many Black women civil rights activists.
Born in 1917, Fannie Lou Hamer grew up in a family of sharecroppers in Mississippi. At age 37 she became active in voter registration drives in Mississippi. As an activist she was assaulted by the police and the KKK, years after she had also been a victim of forced sterilization.
Fannie Lou Hamer lived the Black women's struggle in many ways. She used it to call for equal protection under the law. Play the video below to here Fannie Lou Hamer's speech to the 1964 Democratic National Convention.