Fannie Lou Hamer

Fannie Lou Hamer Resource 


Fannie Lou Hamer, 1917 – 1977: Born in Montgomery County, Mississippi, she was the youngest of 20 children. In 1962, she and a small group of African Americans went to a county courthouse to register to vote. Hamer chose to work for others by becoming an activist, encouraging other African Americans to vote. She went on to work for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) fighting against the prejudices of the South. She tirelessly fought for racial equality. She was vital to the change brought on by the Civil Rights Movement. 

“Nobody is free until everybody’s free.” – Fannie Lou Hamer