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National Archives Comes Alive! Young Learners Program: Meet Fannie Lou Hamer

National Archives Museum

Thursday, January 20, 2022 - 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. EDT

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Young Learners can meet Fannie Lou Hamer, an activist in the 1960s and 1970s for voting rights, civil rights, and women’s rights (as portrayed by Sheila Arnold). Fannie Lou Hamer fought for freedom, equality, and opportunity to make the United States a more just society. She will share her story from her birth as the 20th child of parents who were tenant farmers in Mississippi to her efforts to organize the Mississippi Freedom Summer for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and how she became Vice-Chair of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, attending the 1964 Democratic National Convention in Atlantic City, NJ. As Hamer stated when running for Congress: “If I’m elected as congresswoman, things will be different. We are sick and tired of being sick and tired.”


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