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Fannie Lou Hamer
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    (October 6, 1917-March 14, 1977)
    Birth name was Fannie Lou Townsend
    Wife of Perry Hamer
    Worked on a plantation in Mississippi
    Established the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party
    Established the National Women's Political Caucus
    Wrote the autobiography 'To Praise Our Bridges' (1967)
    Died of complication from diabetes, cancer and heart disease
    Tombstone reads: 'I'm sick and tired of being sick and tired.'
    She left school in the sixth grade.
    Her family owned mules.
    She was arrested during a protest (June 1963).
    While representing the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, she successfully caught the attention of the Democratic Party. When the Democratic Party offered voting privileges to two MFDP delegates, she refused them.
    She started working at 6 years old.
    She was the youngest of twenty siblings.
    Her family's mules were poison by a white neighbor in an attempt to leave them in poverty.
    She worked hard to preserve and exercise the right to black suffrage in the state of Mississippi.
    She was terrorized by whites after she unsuccessfully tried to vote. She was shot at and fired from her job.
    She challenged Mississippi state laws that tried to prevent blacks from voting.
    She was beaten in jail by black prisoners, who were following orders from white prison guards. She took the police officers to court, but they were found 'not guilty.'
    She ran for Congress in 1964, but her name was removed from the ballot by the opposing party.
    She said: 'Sometimes it seems, 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.'
    For 2019, as of last week, Out of 2 Votes: 0% Annoying
    In 2018, Out of 18 Votes: 83.33% Annoying
    In 2017, Out of 9 Votes: 55.56% Annoying
    In 2016, Out of 9 Votes: 55.56% Annoying
    In 2015, Out of 34 Votes: 32.35% Annoying
    In 2014, Out of 24 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
    In 2013, Out of 24 Votes: 62.50% Annoying
    In 2012, Out of 32 Votes: 75.00% Annoying
    In 2011, Out of 28 Votes: 64.29% Annoying
    In 2010, Out of 33 Votes: 69.70% Annoying
    In 2009, Out of 44 Votes: 59.09% Annoying
    In 2008, Out of 41 Votes: 58.54% Annoying
    In 2007, Out of 185 Votes: 49.73% Annoying
    In 2006, Out of 130 Votes: 44.62% Annoying
    In 2005, Out of 482 Votes: 42.74% Annoying
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