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Fannie Lou Hamer
Fannie Lou Hamer I'm Pressin On
Fannie Lou Hamer, the granddaughter of slaves became known for being “sick and tired of being sick and tired,” She was born October 6, 1917, in Montgomery County, Mississippi where she and her family were sharecroppers –a half a step away from slavery. In her youth Hamer’s family was so poor that she and her 18 brothers and sisters could only attend school four months out of the year, because her hands were needed in the fields picking crops Hamer’s formal education stopped at the sixth grade. Although end formal training ended she continued a lifelong reading habit.

Fannie Lou is remembered today as a national symbol of the participation of poor Southern Blacks in the Civil Rights Movement.

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