The Life and Times of Fannie Lou Hamer
By Touring Theatre of North Carolina
“I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired.” These famous words uttered by Mississippi sharecropper Fannie Lou Hamer, explains her persistence in her efforts to become what she called, “a first-class citizen”. Thus, when the Freedom Riders came to Sunflower County, Mississippi Fannie Lou Hamer was among the first black persons to attempt to register to vote. She was one of two allowed to take the literacy test which she failed. Upon her return home, she was fired from her job on the plantation and shots were fired into the house where she was thought to live. Local sheriff’s deputies beat her and threatened to kill her. However, she was steadfast in her determination. “Killing or no killing, I am staying with civil rights”. Today she is recognized as one of the most important leaders in the civil rights movement. The Life and Times of Fannie Lou Hamer is her story. This production is one hour in length and a perfect way to celebrate Black History Month.