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Remembering Fannie Lou Hamer Through Her Words and Wisdom

Fannie Lou Hamer (October 6, 1917- March 14, 1977) rose from humble beginnings in Mississippi to become one of the most important voices of the civil and voting rights movements.

She dedicated her life to the fight for civil rights, working for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). This organization was comprised mostly of African American students who engaged in acts of civil disobedience to fight racial segregation and injustice in the South.

She was also the co-founder and vice-chair of the Freedom Democratic Party, which she represented at the 1964 Democratic National Convention.

In honor of her work and her sacrifice, we’ve compiled some of her most powerful words.

Fannie Lou Hamer quotes

“Never to forget where we came from and always praise the bridges that carried us over.”

“You can pray until you faint, but unless you get up and try to do something, God is not going to put it in your lap.”

Fannie Lou Hamer

“Nobody’s free until everybody’s free.”

“Never to forget where we came from and always praise the bridges that carried us over.”

“Hate won’t only destroy us. It will destroy these people that’s hating as well.”

Fannie Lou Hamer

“We have to build our own power. We have to win every single political office we can, where we have a majority of Black people…”

“Righteousness exalts a nation. Hate just makes people miserable.”

“When I liberate myself, I liberate others. If you don’t speak out ain’t nobody going to speak out for you.”

“There is one thing you have got to learn about our movement. Three people are better than no people.”

Fannie Lou Hamer

“I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired.”


-Tony O. Lawson

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