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Fannie Lou Hamer burst unto the national scene when she gave one of the important speeches at a political convention. Representing the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, she brilliantly protested the democratic party's plans to seat an all-white Mississippi delegation at the 1964 convention. This major biography of Ms. Hamer, one of the bravest leaders of the civil rights movement, places this event in the context of her full and extraordinary life. For the first forty-four years, Hamer lived on sharecropping plantations, all the while learning life lessons from her family, the Black Baptist religious tradition, and from the oppressive white supremacist mores surrounding her. Once Hamer's life path intersected with the mid-century Civil Rights Movement, she spent fifteen years (1962-1977) traveling from the South to the North--and even to the West Coast of Africa--advocating civil rights, economic justice, and interracial cooperation.
Walk with Me: A Biography of Fannie Lou Hamer by Kate Clifford Larson
Publication Date: Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2021
Kate Clifford Larson's biography of Fannie Lou Hamer is the most complete ever written, drawing on recently declassified sources on both Hamer and the civil rights movement, including unredacted FBI and Department of Justice files. It also makes full use of interviews with Civil Rights activists conducted by the Smithsonian and the Library of Congress, and Democratic National Committee archives, in addition to extensive conversations with Hamer's family and with those with whom she worked most closely. Walk with Me does justice to Fannie Lou Hamer's life, capturing in full the spirit, and the voice, that led the fight for freedom and equality in America at its critical moment.
The Speeches of Fannie Lou Hamer: To Tell it Like it Is by Fannie Lou Hamer; Ed. by Maegan Parker Brooks & Davis W. Houck
Publication Date: Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2011
This collection of twenty-one speeches and testimonies of Fannie Lou Hamer, coupled with brief critical descriptions, includes many of her most famous speeches given at rallies or in front of courtrooms and committees during her time organizing the Civil Rights movement in Mississippi. It includes her testimony in front of the Credentials Committee of the 1964 Democratic National Convention in addition to the last full-length oral history interview Hamer granted, a recent oral history interview that the editor conducted with Hamer's daughter, as well as a bibliography of additional primary and secondary sources.
An interview that, according to the video description, was conducted in 1965 with Pacifica Radio. Hamer describes her attempt to register to vote in 1962, her imprisonment and subsequent beating after attending a voter registration workshop, and the 1964 Democratic convention and the Freedom Domocrats party.
Originally published in the early 1980's, this film by Rediscovery Productions describes Fannie Lou Hamer's life work and includes interviews with those who knew her and scenes from her funeral in 1977.
The finding aid for the Fannie Lou Hamer Papers of Tulane University. The papers include correspondence by Hamer and those she worked with, programs, photographs, invitations, newspaper articles, a print of the 16mm documentary film "Oh, Freedom!" on the civil rights movement, and a variety of material from each of the organizations represented. Only one image is available online.
"The collection consists mainly of business records from the various organizations with which Hamer was involved (most photocopied from the Amistad Collection in New Orleans)." (Finding Aid Abstract) None of the material is digitized.
A YouTube channel titled Fannie Lou Hamer which includes videos from current day events about historical analysis of the civil rights movement and the history of the United States more broadly. Also includes a set of seven recordings of speeches given by Hamer during the 60's and 70's.