Fannie Lou Hamer: America’s Freedom Fighting Woman by Maegan Parke Brooks
Publication Date: Lanham, MD: Rowan & Littlefield, 2020
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.