Event Description: The story of Fannie Lou Hamer and the fight for voting rights is not unique, not singular. On the contrary, as we look down the ages at social justice struggles, we see a number of Fannie Lou Hamers who stood up for what was right and fair and just. This performance will combine art, history and education within this original musical that will engage and enlighten audience members.



Event Description: Six Anne Arundel County women will be honored for their leadership in civil and human rights during the Fannie Lou Hamer Awards reception scheduled for Sunday, October 1, 2017 at the Frances Scott Key Auditorium at St. John’s College in Annapolis. The 4 p.m. event marks the 100th anniversary of Hamer’s birth. The awards are given each year by the Martin Luther King Jr. Committee. It also hosts the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Awards Dinner in January. Proceeds go toward paying for the Civil Rights Foot Soldiers Memorial in Annapolis.




Event Description: Fannie Lou Hamer author, historian and scholar Dr. Maegan Parker Brooks will deliver an exciting presentation at the University of Southern Mississippi on what Hamer stood for, how her legacy remains and how her death, life, rhetoric and activism are still relevant in our contemporary context. Brooks will show the latest clip from the upcoming documentary, Fannie Lou Hamer’s America, directed by Joe Davenport and answer any questions about the film.



Event Description: Out of the shadows of the John F. Kennedy centennial, the Schomburg Center's Conversations in Black Freedom Studies series is excited to present this Fannie Lou Hamer Centennial honoring women of the Civil Rights Movement. Hamer set the pace for the Mississippi Freedom Movement in the 1960s, knocking down Jim Crow barriers to human rights, protesting the Vietnam War, and fighting American poverty. In South Carolina, Septima Clark pioneered the Grassroots organizing tradition with the Citizenship Schools. And in Newark, New Jersey and the Jim Crow North, the Black Women’s United Front established African Free Schools and insisted on women’s rights of self-defense against white terror, including rape. The panel of scholars and experts for this timely discussion are Katherine Charro, Ashley Farmer, and Charles Payne.



Event Description: Fannie Lou Hamer, one of Mississippi’s most iconic civil rights leaders, would have turned 100 years old this year on Oct. 6. To commemorate her legacy and the centennial of her life, an MPB original production titled “Fannie Lou Hamer: Stand Up” will air at 8 p.m. Oct. 5, on MPB Television.
The 30-minute documentary film chronicles Hamer’s life from the time she attempted to register to vote in Ruleville, Mississippi in 1962 while working as a sharecropper in Sunflower County. The plantation owner forced her to leave his property for trying to register. Then her life propelled into civil rights activism to help all African Americans register to vote. She worked with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and was a co-founder of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party in 1964.


Event Description: Fannie Lou Hamer author, historian and scholar Dr. Maegan Parker Brooks will be the keynote speaker at the annual birthday celebration of Fannie Lou Hamer at the Fannie Lou Hamer Memorial Garden and Park in Ruleville, Miss. Brooks will show the latest clip from the upcoming documentary, Fannie Lou Hamer’s America, directed by Joe Davenport. The celebration will culminate with the cutting and serving of the centennial cake in Hamer’s honor.


Event Description: Filmmaker Joe Davenport, whose film, M.F.D.P. detailed Fannie Lou Hamer’s formation of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, will attend a celebration at the high school bearing her name in the Bronx. Students will be giving presentations on voting rights, watching films about Hamer’s life and times and learning more about how the civil rights movement is still shaping the lives and opportunities of young people. Davenport, who is directing the upcoming documentary, Fannie Lou Hamer’s America, will be filming the events.

The fundamental aim of Fannie Lou Hamer Freedom High School is to teach students to use their minds well and prepare them to live productive, socially useful, and personally satisfying lives. The school’s academic program stresses intellectual development and political and social involvement in our society. The National Education Policy Center acknowledged FLHFHS as a Gold-Standard School of Opportunity, only one of five schools to earn this award and the only school selected for that standard from NYC.


Event Description: October 6 would have been Civil Rights hero Fannie Lou Hamer’s 100th birthday and GirlTrek, the largest national public health nonprofit and movement for Black women and girls, is celebrating her legacy by hosting 100 local walks. “In the iconic words of Fannie Lou Hamer, we are sick and tired of being sick and tired. She died too soon putting her body on the line for our freedom and we want to celebrate her life in a big way. In her honor, we are going to raise an army of sisters, #FanniesArmy, who will lead 100 walks across America," said GirlTrek cofounder T. Morgan Dixon.
GirlTrek invites women everywhere to use this centennial to jumpstart their own health journeys! The organization is looking for the new generation of Fannie Lou Hamers. To participate in #FanniesArmy, drop everything and walk for 100 minutes at sunset on October 6th wherever you are, with your family and friends. GirlTrek's goal is to inspire 100 new leaders that day.

Event Description: We will honor the life, legacy and lessons of Fannie Lou Hamer, civil and human rights leader and food justice pioneer while enjoying the locally sourced cuisine and culture. This event, as in previous years, will celebrate the intersection of farming, health, activism, art, and education; and will honor local “heroes and sheroes” helping Project New Village make a difference for foodscape of Southeastern San Diego (SESD). Featured activities for this year’s celebration include an exquisite culinary experience with food and beverage stations showcasing fresh seafood from the San Diego bay with coordinated food presentations from local school culinary programs, local food growers and other local food businesses; no-host bar; cultural expressions and performances from local artists; an outdoor marketplace with local artisans; and the debut of the Fannie Lou Hamer Legacy exhibit gallery. Our partners for this year’s event are Kitchens For Good, San Diego Food System Alliance, Muse Salon Collaborative, Alliance Healthcare Foundation, and San Diego Grantmakers (Social Equity Collaborative Fund)



Event Description: Organized to pay homage to this wonder of an African American woman and warrior in celebration and commemoration of her 100th birthday. Organizers plan to lift up the legacy of Fannie Lou Hamer’s struggle and encourage others to embrace it as their own. The event will feature: Video clips of Hamer, speaker and solidarity statements, African-drumming, dancing, singing, dramatic performances and refreshments.


Event Description: The topic for this year’s symposium at Stockton University is “The New Civil Rights Movement in the Age of Social Media.” Journalist and social justice advocate Shaun King will be the featured speaker, and Joe Davenport, director of the new documentary, Fannie Lou Hamer’s America, will open the even with his latest clip from the film. He will also speak about the project and Hamer’s legacy.  
The symposium will also feature a panel discussion with Professor of Anthropology Nazia Kazi, Associate Professor of Political Science James Avery, Public Policy Consultant Richard Roper and moderator and Associate Professor of Social Work Allison Sinanan.


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