28 Great Fannie Lou Hamer Quotes

28 Great Fannie Lou Hamer Quotes

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Fannie Lou Hamer was born in the early 1900′s in Mississippi. She worked on a plantation picking cotton for the majority of her youth. In the 1950′s she began attending annual conferences of the Regional Council of Negro Leadership. In 1964 she ran for congress and was seated as a member of the Democratic National Convention. She worked on various social campaigns until her death in 1977.

“Black people know what white people mean when they say “law and order”.”

“I always said if I lived to get grown and had a chance, I was going to try to get something for my mother and I was going to do something for the black man of the South if it would cost my
life; I was determined to see that things were changed.”

“I am determined to get every Negro in the state of Mississippi registered.”

“I am not backing off.”

“I am sick and tired of being sick and tired.”

“I didn’t try to register for you. I tried to register for myself.”

“If the white man gives you anything – just remember when he gets ready he will take it right back. We have to take for ourselves.”

“Is this America, the land of the free and the home of the brave, where we have to sleep with out telephones off the hooks because our lives be threatened daily, because we want to live as decent human beings, in America?”

“It is only when we speak what is right that we stand a chance at night of being blown to bits in our homes. Can we call this a fre e country, when I am afraid to go to sleep in my own home in Mississippi?”

“It’s time for America to get right.”

“Nobody’s free until everybody’s free.”

“One night I went to the church. They had a mass meeting. And I went to the church, and they talked about how it was our right, that we could register and vote. They were talking about we could vote out people that we didn’t want in office, we thought that wasn’t right, that we could vote them out. That sounded interesting enough to me that I wanted to try it. I had never heard, until 1962, that black people could register and vote.”

“Our foreparents were mostly brought from West Africa…. We were brought to America and our foreparents were sold; white people bo ught them; white people changed their names … my maiden name is supposed to be Townsend, but really, what is my maiden name? What is my name?”

“People have got to get together and work together. I’m tired of the kind of oppression that white people have inflicted on us and are still trying to inflict.”

“Peoples need a victory so bad. We’ve been working here since ’62 and we haven’t got nothing, except a helluva lot of heartaches.”

“Sometimes it seems like to tell the truth today is to run the risk of being killed. But if I fall, I’ll fall five feet four incehs forward in the fight for freedom.”

“The landowner said I would have to go back to withdraw or I would have to leave and so I told him I didn’t go down there to register for him, I was down there to register for myself.”

“The only thing they could to do me was to kill me, and it seemed like they’d been trying to do that a little bit at a time ever since I could remember.”

“There is one thing you have got to learn about our movement. Three people are better than no people.”

“To support whatever is right, and to bring in justice where we’ve had so much injustice.”

“We are here to work side-by-side with this “black” man in trying to bring liberation to all our people!”

“We have got to stop the nervous Nellies and the Toms from going to the Man’s place. I don’t believe in killing, but a good whippin g behind the bushes wouldn’t hurt them…. These bourgeoisie Negroes aren’t helping. It’s the ghetto Negroes who are leading the way.”

“We serve God by serving our fellow man; kids are suffering from malnutrition. People are going to the fields hungry. If you are a Christian, we are tired of being mistreated.”

“Whether you have a Ph.D., or no D, we’re in this bag together. And whether you’re from Morehouse or Nohouse, we’re still in this bag together. Not to fight to try to liberate ourselves from the men — this is another trick to get us fighting among ourselves — but to work together with the black man, then we will have a better chance to just act as human beings, and to be treated as human beings in our sick society.”

“White Americans today don’t know what in the world to do because when they put us behind them, that’s where they made their mistake… they put us behind them, and we watched every move they made.”

“With the people, for the people, by the people. I crack up when I hear it; I say, with the handful, for the handful, by the handful, cause that’s what really happens.”

“You can pray until you faint, but unless you get up and try to do something, God is not going to put it in your lap.”

“You know I’m not hung up on this liberating myself from the “black” man — I’m not going to try that thing. ”