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Quotations From FANNIE LOU HAMER

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  • 1.
    ... there is one thing you have got to learn about our movement. Three people are better than no people.
    Fannie Lou Hamer (1917-1977), African American civil rights activist. As quoted in This Little Light of Mine, ch. 8, by Arthur Kinoy, in a February 19, 1990 interview with Hay Mills (1993). Said in 1964, of a Mississippi civil rights meeting that drew only three attendees.

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    Peoples need a victory so bad. We've been working here since '62 and we haven't got nothing, except a helluva lot of heartaches.
    Fannie Lou Hamer (1917-1977), African American civil rights activist. This statement was first quoted in Southern Patriot (March 1967). As quoted in This Little Light of Mine, ch. 9, by Hay Mills (1993). Said in 1967, on commencing a voter registration drive among African Americans in Sunflower County, Mississippi, which was 70% African American. Before the drive, 13% of eligible African Americans were registered to vote, compared with 85% of eligible whites.
  • 3.
    It's time for America to get right.
    Fannie Lou Hamer (1917-1977), African American civil rights activist. As quoted in This Little Light of Mine, ch. 8, by Hay Mills (1993). Said on September 13, 1965, in a speech at a rally following a hearing before the United States House of Representatives' Subcommittee on Elections—at which she had also spoken.

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