Fannie Lou Hamer was a civil rights activist who helped African Americans register to vote. Hamer co-founded the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party in 1964. She was born on October 6, 1917, in Montgomery County, Mississippi. In 1962, she met civil rights activists who encouraged blacks to register to vote, and soon became active in the movement. She also worked for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, which fought racial segregation and injustice in the South. Hamer died in 1977.
"Nobody's free until everybody's free."
On northern racism, speaking in New York:"The man'll shoot you in the face in Mississippi, and you turn around he'll shoot you in the back here."