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Fannie Lou Hamer wanted to vote.
While the civil rights movement was climbing to its height, sit-ins, rallies, and marches organized by Black folks were preaching to their communities — it was time for change. During this time, Hamer, along with some of her neighbours, registered to vote. In the end, however, Hamer was denied. And when her employer found out that she registered, he fired her.
Growing up in poverty in Mississippi, Hamer worked as a sharecropper on a plantation, a system where landowners rented land to farmers in return for a percentage of their crops — an arrangement which benefitted whi
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