Fannie Lou Hamer was born to a family of sharecroppers in the Mississippi Delta. She lived
Fannie Lou Hamer was born to a family of sharecroppers in the Mississippi Delta. She lived her life working in the fields, but that soon changed after she attended a local townhall meeting. Hamer learned that Black Americans had the legal right to vote and she decided to devote her life's work in helping with the voter registration efforts. Since Black people couldn't belong to the Democratic Party, Hamer co-founded the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party. In 1964, she spoke at the Democratic National Convention.