Fannie Lou Hamer: Testimony at the Democratic National Convention

(1964)

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In 1964 at the Democratic National Convention, Fannie Lou Hamer testified before the party’s Credentials Committee to explain the atmosphere of fear in which civil rights workers lived in Mississippi and to challenge the moral legitimacy of the state’s “regular” delegation to the convention. Hamer and her colleagues from the Mississippi civil rights movement had generated momentum that year through the Freedom Summer project, which accomplished widespread education and registration of...