It’s Monday and Here’s What I’m Reading #IMWAYR :Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer

A LITTLE EARLY FOR FEMINIST FRIDAY BUT I WANTED TO SHARE THIS POST WITH YOU ABOUT THIS REMARKABLE WOMAN.

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The Civil Rights movement has so many unsung heroes, so many individual stories that have become lost, over time, in the collective story we know well.  I love coming upon new books that shed light on the heroes, that tell their stories and acknowledge their sacrifices.

This weekend, I discovered this:

voice of freedom

the remarkable story of Fannie Lou Hamer.  Born a sharecropper in the Mississippi Delta, she suffered through  back-breaking deprivations, sorrow and all the indignities of racism.  There came a point when she felt:

All my life I’ve been sick and tired.

Now I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired.

She became politically active, and paid dearly for it.  But each setback only served to make her all the more resolute in pursuit justice, and the vote.  Eventually, Hamer joined sit ins and…

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About Bernadette

I live in the small town of Haddonfield, NJ. I am at an age in my life when I seem to spend time thinking and musing about life. These musings are usually stimulated by my walks through Haddonfield, my reading of books and fellow bloggers, and my interaction with my group of fabulous family and friends.

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