Black History: Special Delivery!! Today we are sharing another thought provoking quote from Fannie Lou Hamer! “….I don’t want you to say, ‘Honey, I’m behind you.’ Well, MOVE. I don’t want you back there. Because you could be 200 miles behind. I want you say, ‘I’m with you’. And we’ll go up this freedom road together. ” -Fannie Lou Hammer Fannie Lou Hamer (1917-1977) was a voting rights activist and civil rights leader. Much of her activism was concentrated in Mississippi. The youngest of 20 children, Hamer grew up in Sunflower County, MS. Hamer began work with her family sharecropping at the age of six. She is well known for coining of the phrase “Mississippi Appendectomy” after receiving a hysterectomy without her consent our knowledge. At the age of 47, she was hospitalized to remove a tumor. It was at that type that doctors also gave her a hysterectomy without her consent. Click here to read an earlier Black Mail post about the ” Mississippi Appendectomy”. Hamer died in 1977 due to complications from breast cancer and hypertension.

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