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Civil Rights and Voting Rights trailblazer Fannie Lou Hamer is well known for her activism. Hamer was unrelenting in her efforts to secure economic and political freedom for black people living in the Mississippi delta. Hamer was around 45 when she became active in the civil rights movement. Her organizing and efforts resulted in her and her husband being fired from their employment as sharecroppers. Hamer fought tirelessly until she died in 1977. She was only 59 years old. Many people may be unaware that she died from breast cancer. After a radical mastectomy, Hamer would stuff her bra with socks, unable to afford a prosthesis. Friend and fellow civil rights activist Eleanor Holmes-Norton had her fitted for a prosthesis since she could not afford it.Continue reading “Civil Rights Trailblazer Fannie Lou Hamer’s Battle With Breast Cancer”