• The Beating in the Winona Jail

    Author: Robin N Hamilton | | Categories: Black Lives Matter , police brutality , racial equality ,

    I feel compelled to write this because it is the reason why I do my films.  It’s a painful and infuriating story, told over and over again.  A human life is lost, carelessly tossed aside, as if it meant nothing – simply because of skin color. This is a fight for racial justice. I look to Mrs. Fannie Lou Hamer for guidance and perseverance.  In honor of her legacy, and as this ugly narrative continues to plague U.S. history, I am highlighting key moments in Mrs. Hamer’s life which advanced the fight for equality – even at the risk of her…

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  • Warning For Protestors - Mrs. Hamer Goes to Capitol Hill

    Author: Robin N Hamilton | | Categories: Black Lives Matter , Fannie Lou Hamer , police brutality , racial equality ,

    Exactly 56 years ago today, Mrs. Hamer went to Capitol Hill to raise the alarm to politicians about how dangerous live was in Mississippi at that time.  She felt particularly compelled to speak out as Freedom Summer activists were poised to descend on the Delta. This protest came on the heels of her unsuccessful bid for Congress.  Yet, despite her persona setback, she knew she had to keep raising awareness about the political climate in her home state “And I don’t mean the weather.” She said, “They have people riding around with guns. But Ruleville is a very small town.”   She…

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  • Bombing of Williams Chapel Missionary Church

    Author: Robin N Hamilton | | Categories: Black Lives Matter , police brutality , racial equality , Documentary Films

    June 1964   This church was a significant place where many mass meetings were held in Ruleville, Mississippi.  Since organizing gatherings were held there, it became a target for police and white supremacists to attack voting rights activists, including Mrs. Hamer.  Mrs. Hamer was a key figure during strategy meetings, when organizers were laying out their plans to dismantle the Jim Crow power structure, and more importantly, explaining to residents why it was important to vote. In Kay Mills’ book This Little Light of Mine: The Life of Fannie Lou Hamer, Mills references Mrs. Hamer’s oral history (housed at Moorland-Spingarn Research Center…

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