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This paper discusses the role of Fannie Lou Hamer in the civil rights movement and how she inspired many generations of Americans through her strength and commitment to freedom. First, the paper presents a brief biography of Ms. Hamer's life. Then, it describes her role in the civil rights movement, particularly in voter registration. It also comments on her involvement in the 1964 "Freedom Summer" of and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee . Next, the paper highlights Ms. Hamer's rise to national prominence and how she brought the issue of voter discrimination attention from all sectors of American society. Finally, the paper notes literary characters that are similar to Ms. Hamer and possibly influenced by her life. The paper concludes by stating that Fannie Lou Hamer continues to encourages girls and women even today, to try to follow in her footsteps.
From the Paper:"Ms. Hamer was not content however to merely be a part of the reform movement; she wanted to be a leader in it. Her difficult upbringing working in the fields and her grandparents' experience as slaves inspired her to make a difference. Therefore, she formed the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party (MFDP) during the heart of the Civil Rights Movement in order to change the fact that blacks were not allowed to be members of the Mississippi Democratic Party. Fannie Lou did not just head the MFDP but she spoke out about it at the 1964 Democratic National Convention. Her speech at that convention touched on everything from the unfairness of voting discrimination, to the violence many blacks had to endure when trying to vote, to the meaning of the U.S. Constitution. Because her speech was nationally televised, it had a tremendous impact on both white and black America (Lewis, 2010).
"Much like Martin Luther King, Jr. Fannie Lou was known for her powerful speaking skills. Not only did she popularize the phrase "I'm sick and tired of being sick and tired" but her powerful, outspoken nature contributed to President Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act in 1965. Hamer even ran for Senator..."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Fannie Lou Hamer", Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) Accessed March 15, 2010 from http://www.ibiblio.org/sncc/hamer.html
- Lewis, Jone Johnson, Biography of Fannie Lou Hamer, Civil Rights Movement Leader, About.com. Retrieved March 14, 2010 from http://womenshistory.about.com/od/civilrights/a/fannielou_hamer.htm
Cite this Term Paper:
Fannie Lou Hamer and the Civil Rights Movement (2012, October 19) Retrieved June 24, 2022, from https://www.academon.com/term-paper/fannie-lou-hamer-and-the-civil-rights-movement-151880/
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