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. some distance fewer individuals are conversant in the speeches Hamer brought on the 1968 and 1972 conventions, to claim 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. beforehand, dozens of Hamer's speeches were buried in archival collections and within the basements of circulation veterans. After years of combing library files, govt files, and personal collections around the nation, Maegan Parker Brooks and Davis W. Houck have chosen twenty-one of Hamer's most crucial speeches and testimonies.

As the 1st quantity to solely exhibit Hamer's skills as an orator, this publication comprises speeches from the higher a part of her fifteen-year activist profession introduced in accordance with events as unique as a Vietnam conflict Moratorium Rally in Berkeley, California, and a summons to testify in a Mississippi courtroom.

Brooks and Houck have coupled those heretofore unpublished speeches and stories with short severe descriptions that position Hamer's phrases in context.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 historical past interview Brooks performed with Hamer's daughter, in addition to a bibliography of extra basic and secondary assets. The Speeches of Fannie Lou Hamer demonstrates that there's nonetheless a lot to profit approximately and from this valiant black freedom circulation activist.

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