Fannie Lou Hamer Quotes

Fannie Lou Hamer (/?he?m?r/; born Fannie Lou Townsend; October 6, 1917 – March 14, 1977) was an American voting rights activist, a leader in the Civil Rights Movement, and philanthropist who worked primarily in Mississippi. She was instrumental in organizing Mississippi's Freedom Summer for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). She was the vice-chair of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, which she represented at the 1964 Democratic National Convention in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

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I am sick and tired of being sick and tired.

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With the people, for the people, by the people. I crack up when I hear it; I say, with the handful, for the handful, by the handful, cause that's what really happens.

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Sometimes it seem like to tell the truth today is to run the risk of being killed. But if I fall, I'll fall five feet four inches forward in the fight for freedom. I'm not backing off.

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Our foreparents were mostly brought from West Africa. We were brought to America and our foreparents were sold; white people bo ught them; white people changed their names my maiden name is supposed to be Townsend, but really, what is my maiden name? What is my name?

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We serve God by serving our fellow man; kids are suffering from malnutrition. People are going to the fields hungry. If you are a Christian, we are tired of being mistreated.

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Christianity is being concerned about [others], not building a million-dollar church while people are starving right around the corner. Christ was a revolutionary person, out there where it was happening. That's what God is all about, and that's where I get my strength.

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Righteousness exalts a nation. Hate just makes people miserable.

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If the white man gives you anything - just remember when he gets ready he will take it right back. We have to take for ourselves.

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If this is a Great Society, I'd hate to see a bad one.

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Nobody's free until everybody's free.

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One day I know the struggle will change. There's got to be a change-not only for Mississippi, not only for the people in the United States, but people all over the world.

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My mother was a great woman. To look at her from the suffering she had gone through to bring us up - 20 children: 6 girls and 14 boys, but still she taught us to be decent and to respect ourselves, and that is one of the things that has kept me going, even after she passed.

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just because people are fat, it doesn't mean they are well fed. The cheapest foods are the fattening ones, not the most nourishing.

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“White Americans today don't know what in the world to do because when they put us behind them, that's where they made their mistake. . . . they put us behind them, and we watched every move they made.”

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“People have got to get together and work together. I'm tired of the kind of oppression that white people have inflicted on us and are still trying to inflict.”

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