Hamer, Fannie Lou


African American civil rights activist and former sharecropper, Fannie Lou Hamer, was born in Montgomery County, Mississippi on October 6, 1917 and died March 14, 1977. She was instrumental in starting Delta Ministry in 1963. In 1964, she was part of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party's delegation to Democratic National Convention in Atlantic City. In 1969, she founded and presided over the Freedom Farms Corporation. She continued her political involvement by serving as a member of the policy council of National Women's Political Caucus in 1971 and as a 1976 member of State Executive Committee of the United Democratic Party of Mississippi, District II.

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