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Fannie Lou Hamer



  • The Long Brutality

    by Keisha N. Blain

    Two police killings highlight the specifically gendered nature of state violence against Black people, and the particular ways Black women are targeted. In this respect, the history of Black Lives Matter is a long history of Black women's political activism.



  • Fannie Lou Hamer Risked Her Life for the Right to Vote

    Fannie Lou Hamer suffered unspeakable violence and intimidation at the hands of white supremacists and police to demand the right to vote, and challenged the Democratic Party to reject its southern segregationist branch in 1964.



  • Fannie Lou Hamer’s Dauntless Fight for Black Americans’ Right to Vote

    by Keisha N. Blain

    As Hamer and her Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party colleagues pointed out to the 1964 Democratic National Convention, a “whites-only” Democratic Party representing a state in which one out of five residents were black undermined the very notion of representative democracy.