Fannie Lou Hamer became an active participant in the Civil Rights Movement in after being harassed and losing her job for her attempt to register to vote. By 1963, she had become a registered voter and field secretary for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). She spent the next and last 14 years of her life dedicated to building bridges to give poor Black people access to politics and resources. She insisted that everyone had something to offer to the movement, regardless of educational background or social status.
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