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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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“We Haven’t Arrived Yet,”

“We Haven’t Arrived Yet,”

Presentation and Responses to Questions at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin, January 29, 1976

(p.181) “We Haven’t Arrived Yet,”
The Speeches of Fannie Lou Hamer

Maegan Parker Brooks

Davis W. Houck

University Press of Mississippi

On January 29, 1976, Fannie Lou Hamer delivered a speech and responded to questions at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in celebration of the Measure for Measure’s eleventh anniversary. This chapter reproduced Hamer’s speech, in which she described the challenge that remained before both Mississippi and the nation and chastised political figures such as the mayor of Ruleville and President Gerald R. Ford. Hamer also challenged northern blacks in the audience who “think they have arrived” and denounced the hypocrisy of the nation’s bicentennial celebrations. Furthermore, she praised the South as an exemplar of interaction between the races and offered a fresh perspective on race relations. Little more than a year after she delivered this address, Hamer was admitted to a hospital in Mound Bayou, Mississippi and passed away on March 14, 1977 at the age of fifty-nine.

Keywords:   speech, Fannie Lou Hamer, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Measure for Measure, Mississippi, blacks, South, race relations

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