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Professor: Francille Rusan Wilson
TA: Maytha Alhassen
After Fannie Lou Hamer met with members of Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) when she was forty-four, her life experienced a drastic change. (Lee 23). In this organization, Hamer helped black people to register to vote. In order to participate in the state Democratic Party, Fannie Lou Hamer helped start Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party (MFDP) and was elected Vice-Chair of this party. By pursuing rights for black people, Hamer devoted her whole life, and she is remembered by the world. As an American voting rights activist, Fannie Lou Hamer is remarkable, and her goal, method, and obstacles in Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party are often compared with some leaders in other organizations like Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) and National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). The original goal of SNCC is protesting lunch counter segregation, and then the organization began to focus on desegregation and voting registration. The goal of Fannie Lou Hamer in SNCC is related to voting, as Chana Kai Lee narrated. In August 31, 1962, Hamer travel to Indianola court house with 17 volunteers (30). Hamer’s goal in MFDP is also related to voting. In one of her speech that represents MFDP, she said that “We didn’t come all this way for no two seats, because all of us is tired (Mills 182).” In order to find more seats for black people in US Democratic Party, Hamer devotes herself in it. SCLC, led by Martin Luther King, focuses more on Jim Crow laws. This association often exposures unfair treatment that black people suffered. Seen as one of the largest and oldest civil rights organization of this nation, NAACP is much bigger than SNCC, and it is even older than SCLC. Because it is founded earlier, the members of NAACP are cautious and traditional. NAACP is also focus on...
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