Fannie Lou Hamer Documents at MSU Libraries

Mississippi State University Libraries holds in its archives several primary source materials by and about Fannie Lou Hamer. Explore them below! Some items have multiple pages, so be sure to use the "Next" button, if available, to view all pages.

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This campaign poster was used for Fannie Lou Hamer's congressional run in 1964. Clay County Civil Rights Movement Collection.


Reveille yearbook photo of Fannie Lou Hamer speaking at Mississippi State University in 1969. She was invited by the Afro-American Plus club, which was organized in 1968.

> Explore the 1969 Reveille (this photo is from page 292)

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Program, including a brief biography, for a speech given by Fannie Lou Hamer for "The Women of Pilgrim Rest M. B. Church" in Greenville, Mississippi on August 31, 1969. Includes notes and corrections in pencil. Delta Ministry papers.

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Program, including a brief biography, for a banquet honoring Fannie Lou Hamer at Ruleville Central High School in Ruleville, Mississippi on March 29, 1970. The speakers included civil rights icons Aaron Henry, Unita Blackwell, Robert G. Clark, Ed Brown, and Charles McLaurin, and music was provided by a group called "The Hamerettes." RCHS is now known as Thomas E. Edwards, Sr. High School. Delta Ministry papers. 

> Learn more about Aaron Henry
> Learn more about Unita Blackwell
> Learn more about Robert G. Clark, Jr.
> Learn more about Ed Brown
> Learn more about Charles McLaurin

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Campaign platform of Fannie Lou Hamer during her run for the Mississippi state senate in 1971. It includes her positions on topics like education, welfare, and voting laws. Delta Ministry papers.

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In this 1976 fundraising letter, Fannie Lou Hamer asks recipients to support the Voter Education Project, citing its many successes in Mississippi. Allen Eugene Cox papers. 

> Learn more about the Voter Education Project

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Letter from Will D. Campbell, director of Katallagete, the magazine of the Committee of Southern Churchmen, and James Y. Holloway, the publication's editor, urging recipients to contribute to a fund in support of Fannie Lou Hamer. The letter is undated. Allen Eugene Cox papers.

> Who was Will D. Campbell?
> Find more Katallagete materials at the University of Mississippi

Fannie Lou Hamer Documents at MSU Libraries