• Organized Anti-Poverty Meeting with National Council of Negro Women

    Author: Robin N Hamilton | | Categories: poor people's campaign , voting rights

    On this day, June 27, 1967, Mrs. Hamer had organized a meeting with the National Council of Negro Women to fight poverty.  The Office of Economic Opportunity, a federal program, would provide a grant for the meeting to be held in Mississippi, if it was given approval by the governor of the state.  As Mrs. Hamer was associated with this meeting, and already considered “menace to society”, then-governor Paul Johnson vetoed the grant.  Undeterred, local coalitions were able to pull their resources and have the meetings go on anyway.  Luminaries like Dorothy Height lead group meetings, giving the women the…

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  • 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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