This piece is an homage to Fannie Lou Hamer, a poor, black, Mississippi sharecropper who suffered and fought for voting rights in her state in the 1960’s and early 1970’s. Mrs. Hamer lost her job and her home; had her life threatened numerous times; was jailed, and badly beaten for her voting-rights activism.
I greatly admire Fannie Lou Hamer’s courage, brilliance, integrity, and persistence in the face of a brutal and racist system.Her ability to organize, as well as her ability to inspire people, won her a national reputation during the Civil Rights Movement. Now, more than ever, her example should be before us as we work to preserve and defend our democracy. I believe that Fannie Lou deserves a voting booth all her own.
This is a voting booth for Mrs. Hamer. It is a quote from Fannie Lou Hamer that inspires the form of this voting booth. When asked if she was afraid she might die while working for the cause, Fannie Lou stated that she was “…fully prepared to fall five-feet, four-inches forward in the fight for freedom.”