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Fannie Lou Hamer

Firebrand civil and human rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer never minced words nor softened her stances for the comfort of her audience. From segregationist Mississippi Senator James O. Eastland to presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson, she challenged leaders to live up to this country’s founding ideals and rebuked them when she smelled hypocrisy. In accepting his first nomination for the presidency, Bill Clinton famously quoted her saying she was “sick of tired of being sick and tired.”

The Independent Scholar, the newsletter of the National Coalition of Independent Scholars, has just published a review by Stephanie Harp of The Speeches of Fannie Lou Hamer: To Tell It Like It Is by Maegan Parker Brooks and Davis W. Houck, editors. Along with background about Hamer’s life and the civil rights movement, Speeches includes complete transcripts from twenty of Hamer’s speeches and testimonies from her fifteen years of public oratory. In this book, through her own words, Hamer comes alive.

Read the review HERE.


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