Everyone is invited to the Oct. 6celebration of the 100th birthday of the late Fannie Lou Hamer of Ruleville, renowned human rights activist who led a grass roots movement that changed the face of American Democracy.
Mrs. Hamer started her activism by registering to vote in Sunflower County in the early 1960s, facing off an entrenched segregationist power structure. She assumed early a leadership role in the Sunflower County Freedom Movement and later was one of the key founders of the Mississippi Freedom Democrats. This move gained her national prominence and which brought fundamental change to the National Democratic Party.
The theme of the event, sponsored by the Fannie Lou Hamer Garden and Museum Foundation, is “Fannie Lou Hamer Reflections: Her Light Still Shines”
The centennial will start at 10 a.m. in the Memorial Garden on Byron Street in Ruleville with a wreath laying ceremony on her grave. The ceremony will include speeches and music.
A commemorative program will follow at noon at the nearby Hamer Complex on Byron Street. The program will include music, documentaries, youth performances and an update on Hamer-related projects. The highlight will be the cutting of the Centennial birthday cake.
The celebration is free and open to the public.
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