Fannie Lou Hamer – Testimony at the DNC (1964)
Read by Vickie Washington
CONTENT WARNING: This speech contains graphic depictions of physical and sexual violence, and racist language.
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Mr. Chairman, and to the Credentials Committee, my name is Mrs. Fannie Lou Hamer, and I live at 626 East Lafayette Street, Ruleville, Mississippi, Sunflower County, the home of Senator James O. Eastland, and Senator Stennis.