A closer look at the lives of some of the people I researched in writing this book.

Mrs. Fannie Lou Hamer

Fannie Lou Townsend was born to Mississippi sharecroppers in 1917. By age six, she was picking cotton. In 1944, she married Perry “Pap” Hamer. In 1962, she attended a meeting led by SNCC activists, during which she learned of her constitutional right to vote. But when she attempted to register,

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