Fannie Lou Hamer Fannie lou hamer was a civil rights activist

Hello, today i'm going to talk to you about a civil rights activist who helped make a difference. She is not as well known as Martin Luther King, or Rosa Parks, but she still made a difference. Her name was Fannie Lou Hamer. In this article, we are going to be discussing five things, What she wanted, How did she try to get it, Why did she want it, What were the consequences, and Were they successful.

Fannie Lou Hamer Speaking Out


Fannie dropped out of school in 6th grade. She was the youngest of 20 siblings. She quit school to help her family on the farm. As she grew older she wanted to stop racism, have the right to vote, and end segregation. When she was an adult she finally was able to try and do so.

Fannie Lou Hamer's Voting Poster


It started when she joined the SNCC. This organization was made to help people act out and stand up to unequal rights. She also was part of the Freedom Summer African-American. (FSAA) This organization was made to help African Americans vote. Other than joining groups she also did a lot more. She attended protest meetings, she tried to eat at white restaurants, she spoke out on live TV, all of these things show how she tried her best to stand up.


A lot of things happened to make Fannie want equal rights. When she tried to eat a white restaurant, they arrested her. In jail they beat her, in fact it was so bad she suffered from kidney damage, and had a blood clot behind her eye. For trying to vote, she was kicked off the plantation she lived at, fired, and someone tried to shoot her.


Some of the consequences are positive, some are negative. We will start with the positive. From Fannie Lou Hamer's acts, it brought attention to the nation about the racism and reoccurring issues. Therefore, they addressed the issue and they changed some things for the better. Another thing that happened is her protest aired on live TV. That means a lot more people saw it and either agreed, or disagreed. Now we are on to the negative consequences. Since Fannie was becoming more known, a lot more things happened. She was shot at, beaten, and threatened. She was also was kicked off her plantation were she was living. Overall, there are more negative things that happened. But that does not mean she was unsuccessful.

Fannie Lou Hamer Freedom Trail


In my opinion, I think she was successful. Her goal was to end racism, segregation, and be able to vote. All though racism hasn’t ended completely, it has become better over the years. She was definitely successful with ending segregation and give rights to vote. A lot of things have took a turn for the better, and she helped out with that.

Her Famous Quote Is On her Tombstone


"I am sick and tired of being sick and tired"
"Nobody's free unless everybody's free."
"White Americans today don't know what in the world to do because when they put us behind them, that's where they made their mistake... they put us behind them, and we watched every move they made."
"They talked about how it was our rights as human beings to register and vote. I never knew we could vote before. Nobody ever told us."


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