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Fannie Lou Hamer in Black American Experience: Wells & Hamer

The Black American Experience: Famous Human Rights Crusaders: Ida B. Wells & Fannie Lou Hamer

2009 NR

Two women who stepped up and spoke out against injustice are the inspirational subjects of this installment in the series that celebrates the achievements of prominent black men and women in American history. Ida B. Wells used her position as an educator and journalist to expose the brutal practice of lynching in the South, while civil rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer was a key force in securing African Americans' right to vote.