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The Speeches of Fannie Lou HamerTo Tell It Like It Is$
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Maegan Parker Brooks and Davis W. Houck

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9781604738223

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781604738223.001.0001

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“Is It Too Late?,”

“Is It Too Late?,”

Speech Delivered at Tougaloo College, Tougaloo, Mississippi, Summer 1971

Chapter:
(p.131) “Is It Too Late?,”
Source:
The Speeches of Fannie Lou Hamer
Author(s):

Maegan Parker Brooks

Davis W. Houck

Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781604738223.003.0016

In the summer of 1971, Fannie Lou Hamer spoke at Tougaloo College, a private historically black liberal arts institution in Mississippi. Throughout the 1950s and 1960s, the school emerged as a center of civil rights movement activity, with student activists such as Anne Moody becoming involved with the civil rights struggle for the first time. This chapter reproduces Hamer’s speech, in which she tackled controversial and emotionally charged topics ranging from the Vietnam War to birth control, race riots, and the assassination of political figures. She also talked about gender relations in relation to the 1965 report The Negro Family: The Case for National Action. In the so-called “Moynihan Report,” Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan argued that the black race’s progress in both the economic and political arenas was primarily hampered by the destruction of the black family. Hamer strongly refuted Moynihan’s assertions, but acknowledged the dearth of male leadership in black communities by the late 1960s and insisted that the “salvation of the nation” lies in the hands of black men.

Keywords:   speech, Fannie Lou Hamer, Tougaloo College, Mississippi, civil rights movement, gender relations, Moynihan Report, Daniel Patrick Moynihan, black family, black men

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