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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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Testimony Before a Select Panel on Mississippi and Civil Rights, Washington, D.C., June 8, 1964

Testimony Before a Select Panel on Mississippi and Civil Rights, Washington, D.C., June 8, 1964

Chapter:
(p.36) Testimony Before a Select Panel on Mississippi and Civil Rights, Washington, D.C., June 8, 1964
Source:
The Speeches of Fannie Lou Hamer
Author(s):

Maegan Parker Brooks

Davis W. Houck

Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781604738223.003.0003

On June 8, 1964, Fannie Lou Hamer testified before a board of distinguished panelists at the National Theatre in Washington, D.C. as part of a hearing initiated by the Council of Federated Organizations to expose the volatile climate which the Mississippi-bound Freedom Summer volunteers would soon encounter. This chapter reproduces Hamer’s testimony, in which she recounts her harrowing experience with terror and injustice in Mississippi. The testimony also reflects on larger social problems such as police brutality, segregationist retaliation, and the invasion of privacy that prevented African Americans in the Delta from challenging the blatant imbalance of power in the state. In addition, Hamer offers an account of the injustices that highlight the urgency of federal intervention into Mississippi politics.

Keywords:   testimony, Fannie Lou Hamer, Council of Federated Organizations, Freedom Summer, injustices, Mississippi, police brutality, invasion of privacy, African Americans, politics

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