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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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“Until I Am Free, You Are Not Free Either,”

“Until I Am Free, You Are Not Free Either,”

Speech Delivered at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin, January 1971

(p.121) “Until I Am Free, You Are Not Free Either,”
The Speeches of Fannie Lou Hamer

Maegan Parker Brooks

Davis W. Houck

University Press of Mississippi

Madison, a city in Wisconsin, was home to many progressives and where Measure for Measure is located. Founded in 1965 by Madison residents, Measure for Measure is an organization that had provided significant and regular support for Fannie Lou Hamer’s Freedom Farm Cooperative. In January 1971, Hamer addressed a predominantly white audience at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. This chapter reproduces Hamer’s speech, in which she tackled a variety of topics ranging from birth control to Black Power and black separatism, foreign policy, federal bureaucracies, the story of Freedom Farm, the importance of young people to a progressive political agenda, and the interrelationship of all classes and races.

Keywords:   speech, Madison, Wisconsin, Measure for Measure, Fannie Lou Hamer, Freedom Farm Cooperative, University of Wisconsin, birth control, Black Power, foreign policy

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