Fannie Lou Hamer
by: Ella Pitts

Fannie working for the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party.

     Fannie Lou Hamer accomplished many things. There were many character traits that were portrayed by these accomplishments. Traits such as being determined, respectful, and brave. These traits led her to be the great person she was.

     In 1964, Fannie was determined to make a change. She helped co-found the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party (MFDP). Also, in the summer of 1962, she attended a community protest meeting. She also helped establish the National Women's Political Caucus in 1971. As determined as she was, she still had to fight for change.

     Fannie was a very respectful woman. She volunteered for the poor and families in need. She worked for freedom campaigns and became a volunteer for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee.She was respected for all these wonderful things.

     This woman was also very brave. Even though she was threatened and beaten, she still had the courage to run for Congress of Mississippi. This obviously a failed attempt, she worked for another government job. She provided childcare services statewide.

     Hamer died in 1977 of breast cancer, but we are still thankful for her today. She did many inspiring and life-changing things for the state of Mississippi.

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