Dr. Patricia Reid-Merritt – author, educator, scholar and
performing artist - is Professor of Social Work and Africana
College in Pomona, New Jersey, home to the Annual Fannie
Lou Hamer Human and Civil Rights Symposium.  She is the
author of the national Blackboard best-seller, Sister Power:
How Phenomenal Black Women Are Rising to the Top (John
Wiley & Sons, 1996), and Sister Wisdom: Seven Pathways
to a Satisfying Life for Soulful Black Women (John Wiley &
Sons, 2002).

Dr. Reid-Merritt received the Doctorate of Social Work in
Race, Law and Social Policy from the University of
Pennsylvania; the Master of Social Work from Temple
University; and, the Bachelor of Arts in psychology and social
science from Cabrini College.   She serves on the Board of
Directors for the National Council for Black Studies.
The Fannie Lou Hamer Statue Committee is a
not-for-profit, non political organization comprised of
scholars and community leaders who serve as
fundraising and educational ambassadors in
conjunction with the City of Ruleville, public, private
and individual initiatives to help achieve the goals of
The Fannie Lou Hamer Statute Committee (FLHSC)
exists 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,
National Black
United Fund
(NBUF) is our
fiscal sponsor
for the Hamer
statue project.