I was born in San Francisco, California in 1946.  My Union
which probably marked me for what I left home to do,
walking the streets of Indianola, MS to get voters to

I wanted to go to Mississippi for the 1964 summer project,
but I couldn't afford it, so I saved my money I earned
babysitting and came south in the summer of 1965.  I
Brown, Jr.  We mostly did voter registration while we were
trying to replace the freedom school which had been
burned a few months previous.  When everyone else left, I
couldn't, and I became a citizen of Mississippi.

We were able to build a community center in Sunflower,
Mississippi which was a central meeting place during the
court ordered election in 1967.  Later, I married a
widower with 14 children and had 5 children of my own.  
They are grown and living in Mississippi.

In 1970, I started working for Legal Services in
Greenwood as a paralegal and I am still working for Legal
Services now.  I am also active in the Veterans of the
Mississippi Civil Rights Movement, the Sunflower County
Civil Rights Veterans, and SPEAR, a group dedicated to
helping those released from prison get their lives back.
not-for-profit, non political organization comprised of local,
regional and national civil rights activists, scholars and
community leaders who serve as fundraising and educational
ambassadors in conjunction with the City of Ruleville, public,
the Fannie Lou Hamer Statue project.

The FLHSC exist solely for the purpose of  supporting efforts
to honor and pay tribute to Mrs. Hamer by commissioning the
construction of a full-length statue of the civil and human
rights leader, to be placed on permanent display at the
Fannie Lou Hamer Memorial Garden in Ruleville, Mississippi.
National Black
United Fund
(NBUF) is our
fiscal sponsor
for the Hamer
statue project.