Rev. Bevel was an organizer for SNCC or the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. He was anassociate of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He gave his sermon in Ruleville, Mississippi and appealed thefolks to register to vote. Institutionalized racism, harassment, murder, assaults, and even lynchings cameto those black human beings who registered to vote in the South. Hamer was the first volunteer to registerfrom that meeting.
She later said, "I guess if I'd had any sense, I'd have been a little scared -but what was the point of being scared? The only thing they could do was kill me, and itkinda seemed like they'd been trying to do that a little bit at a time since I couldremember."
In August 31, Fannie Lou Hamer came to Indianola, Mississippi to register. She wasreligious. Therefore, she began to sing Christian hymns like
"Go Tell It on the Mountain
" (mymother loves that song. Even my mother and father loves a lot of Gospel music) and
"This LittleLight of Mine
" to the group as a means for them to bolster their resolve. Hamer believed that the civilrights struggle was not only a political struggle for freedom, but a deeply spiritual one as well.
Forfreedom is a precious gift from God. Henceforth, evil ought to be opposed with alldue diligence
. She expressed a lot of courage in her life, especially in Indianola. SNCC organizer BobMoses wanted to meet with Fannie Lou Hamer because of her activism.Fannie Lou Hamer was jailed in Winona, Mississippi on a false charge. Her and her colleagues werebeaten brutally by the police almost to the point of death. This happened in June 9, 1963. She wasreleased in June 12, yet this still never deterred
this strong Black Sister at all
.She continued tohave voter registration drives like the "Freedom Ballot Campaign", a mock election in 1963, andthe "Freedom Summer" initiative in 1964. She was known to the volunteers of Freedom Summer - most ofwhom were young, white, and from northern states - as a motherly figure who believed that the civil rightseffort should be multi-racial in nature. Sammy Young Jr. and Wendell Paris were allies and worked underFannie Lou Hamer. Sammy was assassinated in Tuskegee in 1966. Paris continued to work as acommunity activist in Tuskegee and Mississippi. She is famous for her courage stand for equalrepresentation at the 1964 Democratic National Convention. In the summer of 1964, the MississippiFreedom Democratic Party of the Freedom Democrats wanted to challenge the Mississippi's all-white andanti-civil rights delegation to the Democratic National Convention of that year (as not representative of allMississippians). Hamer was elected Vice-Chair. The Freedom Democrats voiced the concerns andexpressed words on the plight of African Americans in Mississippi. They wanted representation that couldchallenge LBJ's nomination process. The reason was that many other Southern delegations could breaktoward Republican challenger Barry Goldwater. That means in turn that he would almost certainly losethose states' electoral votes in the election.This event is a parallel to our time in the 21
century. There have been many legitimate rallies against theZimmerman verdict. Many folks want justice for Trayvon Martin. Although, we need to be careful that weare not stirred up into worshipping the Democratic Party. We know what the GOP is all about. Enoughsaid. The GOP is filled with controversies, bigots, anti-immigrant extremists, and other reactionaries(these are enemies of our people & other fair minded, progressive human beings). Now, we areindependent, so we should be independent of even the Democratic establishment. The Democraticestablishment has been responsible for tragic events in our communities just like the Republicanestablishment. In the final analysis, our social and economic injustices should be addressed includingracial oppression.
We ought to be politically Independent and be free to think and toact in service to JUSTICE. We are nation filled with unjust laws and unjust jurydecisions, so we should fight for truth and justice.
Fannie Lou Hamer was shown in the media. This angered Johnson and this piece of work Johnson calledher a name. So, in the final analysis, no President gave us our freedom. God did and the efforts of humanbeings did via blood, sweat, and tears. Hamer and the rest of the MFDP told the Convention about theirissues that they have encountered with registration. She suffered a lot. Her speech was shown uneditedin later news programs despite Johnson's efforts to divert press coverage away from Hamer's testimony.Hamer refused to compromise. Hamer was not part of later negotiations. A new compromise wasattempted to be reached.
The Convention would select the two delegates to be seated, for fear theMFDP would appoint Hamer. In the end, the MFDP rejected the compromise, but had changed the