The Speeches of Fannie Lou Hamer: To Tell It Like It Is

The Speeches of Fannie Lou Hamer: To Tell It Like It Is Most People Who Have Heard Of Fannie Lou Hamer Are Aware Of The Impassioned Testimony That This Mississippi Sharecropper And Civil Rights Activist Delivered At The Democratic National Convention Far Fewer People Are Familiar With The Speeches Hamer Delivered At The And Conventions, To Say Nothing Of Addresses She Gave Closer To Home, Or With Malcolm X In Harlem, Or Even At The Founding Of The National Women S Political Caucus Until Now, Dozens Of Hamer S Speeches Have Been Buried In Archival Collections And In The Basements Of Movement Veterans After Years Of Combing Library Archives, Government Documents, And Private Collections Across The Country, Maegan Parker Brooks And Davis W Houck Have Selected Twenty One Of Hamer S Most Important Speeches And TestimoniesAs The First Volume To Exclusively Showcase Hamer S Talents As An Orator, This Book Includes Speeches From The Better Part Of Her Fifteen Year Activist Career Delivered In Response To Occasions As Distinct As A Vietnam War Moratorium Rally In Berkeley, California, And A Summons To Testify In A Mississippi CourtroomBrooks And Houck Have Coupled These Heretofore Unpublished Speeches And Testimonies With Brief Critical Descriptions That Place Hamer S Words In Context The Editors Also Include The Last Full Length Oral History Interview Hamer Granted, A Recent Oral History Interview Brooks Conducted With Hamer S Daughter, As Well As A Bibliography Of Additional Primary And Secondary Sources The Speeches Of Fannie Lou Hamer Demonstrates That There Is Still Much To Learn About And From This Valiant Black Freedom Movement Activist

10 thoughts on “The Speeches of Fannie Lou Hamer: To Tell It Like It Is

  1. says:

    Speeches were slightly repetitive at some points but incredibly understandable given the fact that her story was pertinent to her drive for creating change definitely worth the read considering how often black women s narratives during this period of time have been silenced.

  2. says:

    2 stars for the editing choices made here, 5 stars for miss hamer

  3. says:

    This is a beautifully edited and organized collection that captures the depth and range of Hamer s work both before and beyond the 1964 DNC speech Anyone studying or teaching civil rights history or rhetoric should absolutely get this book.

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