By Maegan Parker Brooks

Most those that have heard of Fannie Lou Hamer (1917-1977) are conscious of the impassioned testimony that this Mississippi sharecropper and civil rights activist introduced on the 1964 Democratic nationwide conference. a ways fewer individuals are accustomed to the speeches Hamer added on the 1968 and 1972 conventions, to assert not anything of addresses she gave in the direction of domestic, or with Malcolm X in Harlem, or perhaps on the founding of the nationwide Women's Political Caucus. formerly, dozens of Hamer's speeches were buried in archival collections and within the basements of move veterans. After years of combing library information, executive records, and personal collections around the nation, Maegan Parker Brooks and Davis W. Houck have chosen twenty-one of Hamer's most vital speeches and testimonies.

As the 1st quantity to completely show off Hamer's skills as an orator, this booklet comprises speeches from the higher a part of her fifteen-year activist profession added in keeping with events as specific as a Vietnam struggle Moratorium Rally in Berkeley, California, and a summons to testify in a Mississippi courtroom.

Brooks and Houck have coupled those heretofore unpublished speeches and tales with short severe descriptions that position Hamer's phrases in context. The editors additionally contain the final full-length oral historical past interview Hamer granted, a up to date oral heritage interview Brooks carried out with Hamer's daughter, in addition to a bibliography of extra fundamental and secondary assets. The Speeches of Fannie Lou Hamer demonstrates that there's nonetheless a lot to benefit approximately and from this valiant black freedom circulation activist.

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