“I am sick and tired of being sick and tired”

fannie lou

Most of us have heard this quote, but some may not know about the wonderful person behind it. 98 years ago today, Fannie Lou Hamer was born the youngest of 20 children. Her story should be known by all.

Hamer fought for civil rights most of her life. One day, after a voting registration workshop, she was arrested. She was so badly beaten in jail, she subsequently suffered from permanent kidney problems. But she was fearless from the moment she first became a volunteer and embarked on a life-long mission of civil rights and nothing ever stopped her since, “I guess if I’d had any sense, I’d have been a little scared — but what was the point of being scared? The only thing they could do was kill me, and it kinda seemed like they’d been trying to do that a little bit at a time since I could remember.”

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