Fannie Lou Hammer

Written by Jenni Wiltz
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Fannie Lou Hammer (correctly spelled Hamer, but often seen as variant Hammer) was born in 1917 in Mississippi. Her quest for equal rights began when she attempted to register to vote and was denied. Deeply committed to her cause, she helped organize a political party that opposed the Mississippi Democratic party, traditionally filled with white representatives.

Fannie Lou Hammer spoke at the 1964 Democratic Convention, urging the equal representation of African-Americans. Fannie's party, the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, received national television coverage. Fannie's testimony was aired in full, detailing the struggle of African-Americans to have equal representation in the government.

The Achievements of Fannie Lou Hammer

Fannie's persistence paid off. Two members of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party gained the right to vote and speak at the Democratic Convention. It seems their message was heard. Not long afterwards, President Johnson enacted the Voting Rights Act.

To commemorate the struggle for equal rights, All God's Children has created holiday collectibles that depict Fannie and other important African-American leaders. It is not often that you find Christmas collectibles that reflect the history of our country. This sculpture depicts Fannie holding an American flag and crusading for the rights that we enjoy today.

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