Fannie Lou Hamer, The Voice of a Servant-Leader
Braving intense racial hatred and entrenched white supremacy, Fannie Lou Hamer began a personal and political odyssey during the Freedom Summer of 1962. The young civil rights volunteers who streamed into Sunflower County, Mississippi, that summer tapped a wellspring of discontent that had long been denied expression by the yoke of racism. Fannie Lou Hamer, who had been, along with others, brutally controlled by fear and intimidation, became one of the most outspoken voices in the fight for equality in Mississippi. Freedom had a high price tag. In attempting to register to vote, Hamer was evicted from her home on a sharecropping plantation, jailed, and viciously beaten, the last of which left her health permanently impaired; yet, she refused to be deterred.
KeywordsDemocratic Party Servant Leadership Civil Disobedience Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Black Leader
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