Among the many individuals who helped define the civil rights movement, Fannie Lou Hamer occupies a very unique place. Despite having an eighth-grade education, no other woman of that time was more vocal, visible or in demand as a public speaker than she was.
Nearly beaten to death at the hands of local law enforcement in June 1963, Hamer’s plight mirrors that of Jacob Blake, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Elijah McClain and so many others who it seems were all victimized for one apparent reason, they were Black. NOW is the time to tell her story!
As police brutality, racial discrimination, and voter suppression persist as threats to the American Democratic ideal, Fannie Lou Hamer’s words are just as relevant now as they were during the 1960s.
Hamer was “sick and tired” then and people are “sick and tired” now!
Help us tell her story! Only with your help can we get our film over the finish line. Since our film is told entirely in her own words, we need help to pay for the archival footage of her that allows us to do that. Please help us by donating toward that effort today!
Fundraising Goal: $50,000
To contact the filmmakers or Fannie Lou Hamer’s daughter, email . Visit our website at www.findyourvoice.willamette.edu.
Fannie Lou Hamer’s America is a new and original documentary that allows the fearless and dynamic Mississippi sharecropper-turned-human rights activist- to tell her own story in her own words. In this film, Fannie Lou Hamer does so through her oral histories, powerful songs, handwritten letters and rarely seen video footage captured during her lifetime.
Director/Editor: Joy Davenport – Producer and editor for films for PBS and National Geographic. Producer of M.F.D.P. a film detailing Fannie Lou Hamer’s formation of the organization.
Producer/Developer: Monica Land – Fannie Lou Hamer’s niece, an investigative journalist and producer of segments on Entertainment Tonight and A&E’s Biography.
Executive Producer: Selena Lauterer – Founder and president of Artemis Independent, a media promotions and production company. And producer of several PBS programs including POV and A Chef’s Life.
Executive Producer: Keith Beauchamp – Producer of The Untold Story of Emmett Till, host of the Discovery Channel’s The Injustice Files. And producer of several cold case television programs.
Lead Researcher/Consultant: Dr. Maegan Parker Brooks – Professor at Willamette University. Fannie Lou Hamer historian, author, and scholar.
Lead Researcher/Consultant: Dr. Davis W. Houck – Fannie Lou Hamer Professor of Rhetorical Studies at Florida State University. And Fannie Lou Hamer historian, author, and scholar.
Videographer/Web Master/Curriculum Developer and Instructor: Dr. Pablo Correa – Program Director and Assistant Professor, Digital Media and Communications at University of Saint Joseph (West Hartford, Connecticut).